his growth was mostly due to a hiring boom in the gaming industry, which reached 7,904 foreign employees. In addition the construction sector hired a further 591 non-resident workers to reach a total of 9,352, of which 3,392 were hired by casino developers.
Local gaming operator Sands China is currently building the Sands Cotai Central resort.
But most imported labour are currently working in hotels (16,504), followed by domestic workers (16,041) and restaurants (9,268).
The majority of the new non-resident workers hired last month came from mainland China (1,229), taking the total to 51,347. Imported labour from across the border has been rising since November, with almost 10,000 mainland Chinese hired in just the last nine months.
Imported labour has increased every month since May 2010 when it was down at 72,092.
The number of non-resident workers will keep rising in the coming months and could even reach the peak of 2008, according to a forecast from Macau’s Monetary Authority (AMCM).
In September 2008 Macau employed a total of 104,281 imported workers but the number began to drop as soon as the territory began feeling the effects of the global financial crisis.
“As the economy has technically stayed at full employment, the number of non-resident workers would be increased to meet the demand of the expanding services sector,” said the AMCM in its latest Monetary and Financial Stability Review.
Imported staff accounted for more than one quarter (26.1 percent) of the total labour force of Macau, which stood at 340,000 in July. Last May, the secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen said that the numbers of non-resident labour in Macau would increase by around 20,000 for the whole of 2011.
In the first eight months of this year the number of imported workers increased by 12,927. If the hiring pace remains unchanged, there would be less than 19,400 more imported workers in the territory by the end of this year. In August alone the GRH received 2,859 requests for the hiring of 14,287 non-resident workers. Most of the prospective workers were non-specialised (12,087).
However the office approved only 8,365 requests, 58.5 percent of the total. This percentage is a huge drop from the previous seven months, during which the GRH had approved 79 percent of all requests.