Due to the severe blow to various sectors brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) today said it will provide more than 2,500 time-limited jobs under the Anti-epidemic Fund’s Job Creation Scheme.


The jobs are related to culture, arts, leisure, sports and district administration.


More than 1,000 vacancies have been filled, while recruitment for the remaining spots will commence gradually.


The new jobs will last for six to 12 months, covering a wide range of full-time and part-time positions in the HAB, the Leisure & Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the Home Affairs Department (HAD) as well as non-governmental organisations.


In terms of culture and arts positions, job duties will include the provision of marketing and administrative support, the development of a smart library system, management or operation duties and service provision for public libraries and cultural venues for organisations such as the Academy for Performing Arts, the Arts Development Council and the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, as well as the LCSD.


The positions will also involve the provision of internship opportunities for those who aim to take up a career in arts administration or stage management.


As for posts created in the field of leisure and sports, job duties will include strengthening training for athletes at the Sports Institute and relevant national sports associations (NSAs) of sports for the disabled, enhancing administrative support for subvented NSAs, and providing administrative and event support for the LCSD.


Meanwhile, successful candidates of some other posts will be responsible for enhancing leisure venues’ cleaning, horticultural maintenance and management work.


The HAD also plans to create jobs for performing various administrative and clerical duties.


The HAB said it looks forward to providing time-limited job opportunities to various sectors to weather the storm with them, adding that the initiative will cost around $354 million.