Hong Kong will begin opening applications for the Employment Support Scheme ("ESS") on 29 April 2022. The objective of this scheme will be to support enterprises hit by the fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
An applicant should apply in the capacity of a company/ corporation/ organisation/ natural person and must fulfil all of the following criteria:
-Is not an employer listed in Part I of the Exclusion List (see list);
-Must have participated in MPF Schemes or set up ORSO Schemes on or before 31 December 2021;
-Has not been involved in winding up, deregistration or striking off process or has not become dormant; and
-Has fully settled all clawback/penalty of 2020 Employment Support Scheme (if any) on or before 10 May 2022.
This subsidy will cover the employee's monthly wages for a 3-month period from May to July 2022. There are three categories for this subsidy:
-Full subsidy: HKD 8,000 per month for each employee with a monthly remuneration of at least HKD 8,000
-Half subsidy: HKD 4,000 per month for each employee with a monthly remuneration of at least HKD 3,000
-Elderly subsidy: HKD 4,000 per month for each employee aged 65 or above with a monthly remuneration of less than HKD 3,000
Employer applicants with applications approved in the 2020 ESS are required to submit applications by using their 2020 ESS application number and business registration number.
All the applications need to be submitted through the online application via the ESS online portal between 29 April 2022 to 12 May 2022.
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