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Setting up an Employment Agency in Hong Kong


Setting up an Employment Agency in Hong Kong | Bestar
Setting up an Employment Agency in Hong Kong | Bestar

Setting up an employment agency in Hong Kong can be a lucrative business venture, as there is a high demand for skilled labor in the city. However, there are a number of steps involved in the process, and it is important to make sure that you are compliant with all of the relevant regulations.


Step 1: Company Registration


The first step is to register your company with the Inland Revenue Department (IRD). This can be done online or in person at an IRD office. You will need to provide a number of documents, including:

  • A completed Business Registration Form

  • A copy of your Hong Kong identity card or passport

  • Proof of your address in Hong Kong

Once your company is registered, you will be issued a Business Registration Certificate (BRC).


Step 2: Approval of Proposed Name


Next, you will need to apply for approval of your proposed company name from the Hong Kong Labour Department (LD). The proposed name must not be the same as or similar to the name of another employment agency, and it must not be offensive or otherwise contrary to public interest.


Step 3: Application for an Employment Agency License


Once your company name has been approved, you can apply for an Employment Agency License from the LD. The application form can be downloaded from the LD website. You will need to provide a number of documents, including:

  • A completed Employment Agency License Application Form

  • A copy of your BRC

  • Copies of your company's Articles of Association and Certificate of Incorporation

  • Copies of your directors' Hong Kong identity cards or passports

  • Proof of your office address in Hong Kong

Step 4: Nominated Operator


Your company must nominate a real person as the agency operator. The nominated operator must be at least 21 years old and must have a good character. They must also have at least five years of experience in the employment agency industry.


Step 5: Overseas Domestic Workers (ODWs)


If you intend to place ODWs, you must comply with the regulations concerning the employment of domestic helpers from abroad. This includes:

  • Obtaining a permit from the Immigration Department to employ ODWs

  • Providing ODWs with a standard employment contract

  • Arranging for ODWs to undergo medical and training examinations

Step 6: Insurance


You must take out insurance to cover your liabilities as an employment agency. This insurance must cover at least:

  • Public liability

  • Employer's liability

  • Fidelity guarantee

Step 7: Compliance with Employment Laws


You must comply with all of the relevant employment laws in Hong Kong. This includes:

  • The Employment Ordinance

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance

  • The Minimum Wage Ordinance

Additional Tips

  • Develop a clear business plan and marketing strategy.

  • Build a strong team with experience in the employment agency industry.

  • Network with other employment agencies and businesses in Hong Kong.

  • Stay up-to-date on the latest employment laws and regulations.

How Bestar can Help


Bestar can help you set up an employment agency in Hong Kong in a number of ways, including:

  • Company Registration: Bestar can help you register your company with the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) and obtain the necessary Business Registration Certificate (BRC).

  • License Application: Bestar can help you apply for an Employment Agency License from the Hong Kong Labour Department (LD) and ensure that you meet all of the requirements.

  • Compliance with Employment Laws: Bestar can help you stay up-to-date on the latest employment laws and regulations in Hong Kong and ensure that you are compliant with all of the relevant requirements.

By working with Bestar, you can save time, money, and stress, and ensure that your employment agency is compliant with all of the relevant laws and regulations.


Here are some additional tips on how Bestar can help you set up an employment agency in Hong Kong:

  • Develop a business plan: Bestar can help you develop a comprehensive business plan that outlines your business goals, strategies, and financial projections.

  • Manage your finances: Bestar can help you manage your finances, including bookkeeping, payroll, and tax compliance.

  • Provide ongoing support: Bestar can provide you with ongoing support and assistance as you grow your employment agency, including accounting advice, and HR support.

By taking advantage of Bestar's services, you can increase your chances of success in setting up and running a successful employment agency in Hong Kong. Contact Bestar today!

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