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Applicants to make own copy of application results

Disbursement of wage subsidies under the Scheme is almost completed. The Employment Support Scheme Secretariat is sending SMS and emails to inform the successful applicants whether they have fully complied with the employers’ undertakings. Applicants can make own copy of the application results for record, if necessary (check application results or details here). Please note that applicants must retain the original copy of all application-related documents until May 2024.


The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has launched the 2022 Employment Support Scheme (“the Scheme”) under the Anti-epidemic Fund to provide wage subsidies to employers for three months (i.e. May, June and July 2022) to retain their current employees or even employ more staff when the business revives as soon as the epidemic situation permits. Eligible self-employed persons can also apply for a one-off subsidy.

The application period of the Scheme is from 29 April 2022 at 8:00 am to 12 May 2022 at 11:59 pm.



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.

Self-employed person

An applicant should apply in an individual capacity as a self-employed person and must fulfil all of the following criteria:


Must have successfully created an MPF “Self-employed person” account (“MPF SEP account”) on or before 31 December 2021, and has not terminated the account at the time of application; and


If an eligible self-employed person has more than one “MPF SEP account”, only one application can be submitted.

An “MPF SEP account” is opened by a person who has enrolled himself/herself in an MPF scheme as an “SEP”. Generally, MPF contribution records of SEPs would show descriptions such as an “SEP” account. In accordance with the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Ordinance (Cap 485), an “SEP” is a person whose relevant income (otherwise than in the capacity as an employee) derives from his production (in whole or in part) of goods or services in Hong Kong, or his trade in goods or services in or from Hong Kong. An MPF account opened in the capacity as an “employee” or a “personal MPF account” in any form is not eligible.

Wage subsidy and calculation method

Reference month

Applicants whose applications had been successfully approved in the 2020 Employment Support Scheme (“2020 ESS”) shall specify the records they intend to use by the government-appointed agent to calculate the “subsidised quota cap” and the “maximum subsidy amount”. Other applicants shall use their records as at the fourth quarter of 2021 (“2021 Q4 records”) as the calculation basis. Please refer to the table as follows –

Applicants whose application for 2020
ESS had been approved
Applicants whose application for 2020
ESS had not been approved/not having applied for 2020 ESS
Can choose between (1) their MPF/ORSO Schemes records of the 2020 ESS (“2020 ESS records”); or (2) their MPF/ORSO Schemes records as at the fourth quarter of 2021 (“2021 Q4 records”)

If (1) is chosen, the “reference month” shall be the “specified month” selected by applicants under the 2020 ESS

If (2) is chosen, the “reference month” shall be a month within the period between October and December 2021 which can bring the highest level of the “maximum subsidy amount”

As there is a need to obtain “2021 Q4 records” from MPF trustees/employers who have set up ORSO Schemes, applicants who choose this option will take longer for assessment and subsidy disbursement
Shall use their MPF/ORSO Schemes records as at the fourth quarter of 2021 (“2021 Q4 records”)

The “reference month” shall be a month within the period between October and December 2021 which can bring the highest level of the “maximum subsidy amount”

Applicants using “2021 Q4 records” should note that –


For MPF Schemes, the government-appointed agent will choose on applicants’ behalf based on the relevant MPF records and the above principle. Applicants with ORSO Schemes should directly submit the necessary documents in relation to their choice of the “reference month” during the online application; and


The Scheme will only consider the MPF contribution records or ORSO schemes set up on or before 28 February 2022. In other words, contributions for the fourth quarter of 2021 that were made after on or 1 March 2022 will not be taken into account in the calculation.

Subsidised quota cap and maximum subsidy amount

The government-appointed agent will calculate applicants’ “subsidised quota cap” and “maximum subsidy amount” based on applicants’ records in the “reference month” as follows:

Monthly wage1 in “reference month” Respective subsidy quota according to the number of employees2 within the wage range Monthly maximum subsidy amount
$8,000 or more = “Full subsidy quota” $8,000 x “Full subsidy quota”
At least $3,000 but less than $8,000 = “Half subsidy quota” $4,000 x “Half subsidy quota”
Employees aged 65 or above with less than $3,000 = “Elderly subsidy quota3 $4,000 x “Elderly subsidy quota”
Total “Subsidised quota cap” “Maximum subsidy amount”
“Monthly wage” refers to the relevant income as shown in the MPF records or the actual wages of employees who joined the ORSO Schemes, including salaries, allowances, commissions and bonuses, etc., but excluding non-pecuniary benefits, and severance payments and long service payments under the Employment Ordinance (Chapter 57 of the Laws of Hong Kong). If applicants are not paid on a monthly basis (such as daily rated employees) or their monthly incomes are unstable, we will suitably convert the wage records in the form of monthly wage.
Employees cover “regular employees” and “casual employees” aged 18 or above who have participated in MPF Schemes (Master Trust Schemes and Industry Schemes) in the “reference month”, as well as employees aged 18 or above being holders of the Hong Kong Identity Card who have joined the ORSO Schemes in the “reference month”. If an applicant has set up several MPF accounts and/or ORSO Schemes for one employee, the employee will be counted as one headcount when calculating the number of employees and relevant quotas.
If there were employees aged 65 or above with monthly wage being $3,000 or more in the “reference month”, such employees would be counted as the applicants’ “Full subsidy quota” or “Half subsidy quota” as the case may be.

Sector-specific cap

Other than the following two conditions related to the “sector-specific cap”, the “subsidised quota cap” calculated according to the table above will be the maximum number of employees eligible for subsidies in each subsidy month –

If applicants’ declared core business belong to sectors in the Restricted List(see table), a “sector-specific cap” of 100 eligible employees will apply, i.e. they can only apply for a maximum of 100 subsidised headcounts.
Other applicants will have a “sector-specific cap” of 1000 eligible employees, i.e. they can only apply for a maximum of 1000 subsidised headcounts even if they have over 1 000 employees.

Chosen subsidised headcount

Applicants can apply to each subsidy month the number of employees in different categories they intend to hire and receive subsidies for. The government-appointed agent will calculate the subsidy amount eligible for each month according to the table below. Please refer to the calculation illustrations.

Proposed employee headcounts by applicants Subsidy received each month Conditions met by proposed employee headcounts
“Full subsidy headcount” $8,000 x “full subsidy headcount” “Full subsidy headcount” not exceeding “full subsidy quota”
“Half subsidy headcount” $4,000 x “half subsidy headcount” “Half subsidy headcount” not exceeding “half subsidy quota” unless in special circumstances covered in FAQ 2.2
“Elderly subsidy headcount” $4,000 x “elderly subsidy headcount” “Elderly subsidy headcount” not exceeding the “elderly subsidy quota”
Total “Chosen subsidised headcount” Wage subsidy received each month “Chosen subsidised headcount” not exceeding “subsidised quota cap” and not exceeding “sector-specific cap”

Employers’ Undertaking and Penalty

Applicants shall undertake to employ sufficient number of employees in fulfilling the following criteria in each subsidy month, and reflect the respective employment situation in the records of the MPF Schemes/ORSO Schemes:

the number of employees with a monthly wage of $8,000 or above is no less than the chosen “full subsidy headcount”;
having fulfilled the headcount requirement in criteria (1), the number of remaining employees with a monthly wage of $4,000 or above is no less than the chosen “half subsidy headcount”;
the number of employees aged 65 or above with a monthly wage of $4,000 or above is no less than the chosen “elderly subsidy headcount”; and
the number of employees with a monthly wage of $4,000 or above is no less than the chosen “chosen subsidised headcount”.

Please see paragraph 7.2 in the Terms & Conditions for details.

If applicants could not fully fulfil the above undertaking in any month within the subsidy period, apart from returning the relevant subsidy amount, they are also required to pay a penalty equivalent to 10% of the subsidy amount to be returned. Please refer to the calculation illustrations.

Applicants shall take the following actions to enable the government-appointed agent to conduct post-payment check on whether the above undertaking has been met or not –

Employer Assessment criteria
Employers participating in MPF Schemes The government-appointed agent will, based on the total number of paid employees and “relevant income” recorded on their MPF certificates, ascertain whether all the wage subsidies received for that month during the subsidy period (i.e. May to July 2022) have been spent on paying wages to employees in the same month, and cross-check against the chosen “full subsidy headcount”, “half subsidy headcount” and “elderly subsidy headcount”, in determining whether applicants have complied with their undertakings.

If applicants hire new employees during the subsidy period, they are required to open MPF employee accounts for the relevant employees in that month, provide wage information for May, June and July 2022 to MPF trustees and make contributions on or before the MPF contribution day as announced by the MPF Schemes Authority to prove that wages have been paid to the relevant employees for the month.

If applicants have hired employees aged 65 or above or casual employees (including those whose wages are paid on a daily basis), they are also required to report on or before the MPF contribution day the monthly wage of employees aged 65 or above and casual employees, and to make MPF contributions for the casual employees.

Employers should take note that the above requirement for new employees, employees aged 65 or above, or casual employees are over and above those of the MPF regime. Employers’ compliance is necessary. Otherwise, the information of these employees will not be shown on the MPF records of the months concerned and cannot be used to fulfil the above undertaking.
Employers who have set up ORSO Schemes Applicants are required to fill in the actual wages paid to each subsidised employee and indicate those employees aged 65 or above in May, June and July 2022 respectively in the specified manner, and submit it to the Secretariat and/or the government-appointed agent on or before the set deadline. The Secretariat and/or the government-appointed agent will determine whether the applicants have breached the undertakings based on the information provided and the employees’ wages records submitted by the applicants for each of the months during the subsidy period (i.e. from May to July 2022).

Subsidy for Self-employed Persons

Eligible SEPs will be granted a one-off subsidy of $8,000.

Means of Application and Information Required

Employers or self-employed persons who intend to apply should duly complete and submit the online application form and upload the necessary documents (regardless of whether an application for the 2020 ESS was made before). Only applications successfully submitted online will be processed. A confirmation email and SMS will be sent to the applicant to acknowledge receipt of his/her application.

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. If assistance is required concerning the application number, please refer to FAQ 3.12.

Please click here to read the list of information required for application for employers

Please click here to read the list of information required for application for self-employed persons

Please upload the required supporting documents by scanning or photographing a vertical shot. To expedite approval, scanned copies or photographs must clearly display the text. If uploading of more than one supporting document is involved, please submit it as a scanned file.

Applicants should verify the application information carefully. Once submitted, the application cannot be cancelled or modified.

Applicants should pay attention to SMS and emails (including the emails in the “spam folder”) related to the Scheme after their applications are submitted. If the information provided is incomplete, an SMS or email notification will be sent to applicants to request supplementary information on or before a specified date. Applications that fail to submit supplementary documents within the specified deadline will not be processed.

Subsidy Disbursement Arrangements

The government-appointed agent will notify applicants of their application results via SMS and email. If approved, the subsidy will be credited to the applicant’s bank account listed in the application form.

The employers’ wage subsidies will be paid in four tranches:

1st tranche 100% of subsidies of May 2022
2nd tranche 100% of subsidies of June 2022
3rd tranche 70% of subsidies of July 2022
4th tranche 30% of subsidies of July 2022 after deducting subsidies to be returned to the Government and penalties to be paid (if any)

The Government’s decision on whether an application is successful and on the amount of subsidy granted is final. Notwithstanding that an application has been approved, if the Government finds out that the applicant is involved in winding up, deregistration or striking off process or has become dormant, the Government has the right to refuse the disbursement of subsidies to the applicant and revoke the relevant approval of the application. The Government reserves the right to require the applicant to return all or any part of the subsidies in the event that the disbursement has already been made.

Audit and Monitoring Mechanism

The Government and government-appointed agent will conduct audits before or after subsidy disbursement to determine whether any terms and conditions have been violated.

The Government reserves the right to require an employer applicant to return the wage subsidies received (in full or in part) and pay a penalty within a specified period if the Secretariat, in its absolute discretion, considers that the employer has, during the subsidy period of the Scheme (i.e. from May to July 2022), engaged in conduct which directly or indirectly violates the objective of retaining employment under the Scheme, or is contrary to public interest.

The Secretariat and the government-appointed agent may conduct further reviews and randomly verify the information submitted by employer applicants, and conduct on-site audits at the employer organisation during and after the vetting process of an application.

Furthermore, the Scheme will adopt a highly transparent approach to enable monitoring by members of the public and employees concerned. The Secretariat will publish the names of employers who have received wage subsidies under the Scheme, the amount of wage subsidies received, and their “chosen subsidised headcount”, “full subsidy headcount”, “half subsidy headcount” and “elderly subsidy headcount”.

Should an employer applicant be found to have abused or violated the conditions of the Scheme, the employees concerned or members of the public may report to the relevant authorities. The Secretariat and the government-appointed agent will earnestly follow up on all alleged reports and complaints, including conducting on-site checking as well as reassessing the eligibility of the concerned employers, authenticity of the information submitted, the amount of subsidies disbursed and the relevant MPF contribution records provided by MPF trustees. The Secretariat will set up a review panel to monitor the progress of cases being handled, as well as to oversee and review special cases.

For enquiries relating to provisions under the Employment Ordinance or conditions of employment pertaining to labour disputes, please contact the Labour Relations Division (LRD) of the Labour Department:

Branch offices of LRD:
Enquiry hotline: 2717-1771 (the hotline is operated by 1823)

Legal Liability

Applicants must provide true, complete and accurate information when making the applications. Otherwise, the applications may be rendered invalid, rejected and/or disqualified. Any applicant who makes any false statement or misrepresentation, withholds any information, or furnishes any false or misleading documents or information in an attempt to deceive the Government and/or its appointed agent for obtaining the 2022 ESS subsidies could be liable to criminal prosecution.

The Government has “zero tolerance” for unlawful cases. As a matter of fact, the Secretariat has referred a number of doubtful cases concerning the 2020 ESS to the Police for investigation. Late last year, the Police took arrest actions, involving two enterprises that forged the number of employees to deceive wage subsidies.


Telephone hotline (1836-122):

Service hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mondays to Fridays, except Public Holidays)

Applicants who have submitted the application may click on the link and log into the system to check the application status.

Bahasa Indonesia (Bahasa Indonesia)

Skema Dukungan Ketenagakerjaan 2022 (ESS 2022)

ESS 2022 memberikan subsidi upah kepada pemberi kerja yang memenuhi syarat dari Mei hingga Juli 2022 untuk membantu pemberi kerja mempertahankan dan mempekerjakan lebih banyak staf saat bisnis bangkit kembali. Wiraswasta yang memenuhi syarat dapat menerima subsidi satu kali sebesar $8.000. Silakan merujuk ke situs web ESS 2022 untuk informasi lebih lanjut.

Untuk layanan penerjemahan, silakan hubungi Pusat CHEER.
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हिन्दी (Hindi)

2022 रोजगार सहायता योजना (2022 ESS)

2022 ESS मई से जुलाई 2022 तक पात्र नियोक्ताओं को मजदूरी सब्सिडी प्रदान करता है ताकि नियोक्ताओं को व्यवसायों को पुनर्जीवित करने पर अधिक कर्मचारियों को बनाए रखने और नियोजित करने में मदद मिल सके। पात्र स्व-नियोजित व्यक्ति $ 8,000 की एक-बारगी सब्सिडी प्राप्त कर सकते हैं। कृपया अधिक जानकारी के लिए 2022 ESS वेबसाइट देखें।

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नेपालीी (Nepali)

2022 रोजगार सहायता योजना (2022 ESS)

2022 ESS ले योग्य रोजगारदाताहरूलाई कर्मचारीहरू रोजगारमा राख्न र व्यवसायहरू पुनरुत्थान हुँदा थप कर्मचारीहरूलाई कायम राख्न मद्दत पुगोस् भनि मे देखि जुलाई 2022 सम्मको ज्याला अनुदानहरू प्रदान गर्दछ । योग्य स्वरोजगार व्यक्तिहरूले $ 8,000 को वान-अफ भत्ता प्राप्त गर्न सक्छन् । थप जानकारीको लागि कृपया 2022 ESS वेबसाइट हेर्नुहोस् ।

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ਪੰਜਾਬੀ (Punjabi)

2022 ਰੁਜ਼ਗਾਰ ਸਹਾਇਤਾ ਯੋਜਨਾ (2022 ESS)

2022 ESS ਮਈ ਤੋਂ ਜੁਲਾਈ 2022 ਤੱਕ ਰੁਜ਼ਗਾਰਦਾਤਾਵਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਤਨਖਾਹ ਸਬਸਿਡੀਆਂ ਪ੍ਰਦਾਨ ਕਰੇਗਾ ਤਾਂ ਜੋ ਕਾਰੋਬਾਰ ਮੁੜ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਹੋਣ ਤੇ ਵਧੇਰੇ ਸਟਾਫ ਨੂੰ ਬਰਕਰਾਰ ਰੱਖਣ ਅਤੇ ਰੁਜ਼ਗਾਰ ਦੇਣ ਵਿੱਚ ਮਦਦ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾ ਸਕੇ। ਯੋਗ ਸਵੈ-ਰੁਜ਼ਗਾਰ ਵਾਲੇ ਵਿਅਕਤੀ $8,000 ਦੀ ਇੱਕਮੁਸ਼ਤ ਸਬਸਿਡੀ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹਨ। ਵਧੇਰੇ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਲਈ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ 2022 ESS ਵੈੱਬਸਾਈਟ ਵੇਖੋ।

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Tagalog (Tagalog)

Iskema ng Suporta sa Pagtatrabaho 2022 (2022 ESS)

Ang 2022 ESS ay nagbibigay ng mga tulong sa sahod sa mga karapat-dapat na maypagawa mula Mayo hanggang Hulyo 2022 upang matulungan ang mga maypagawa na mapanatili at makakuha ng mas maraming kawani kapag muling bumalik ang mga negosyo. Ang mga karapat-dapat na taong may sariling negosyo (self-employed) ay maaaring makatanggap ng isang-bigayang tulong na $8,000. Mangyaring sumangguni sa websayt ng 2022 ESS para sa karagdagang impormasyon.

Para sa serbisyong interpretasyon, mangyaring tumawag sa Sentro ng CHEER.
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ภาษาไทย (Thai)

2022 โครงการสนับสนุนการจ้างงาน (2022 ESS)

2022 ESS ให้เงินอุดหนุนค่าจ้างแก่นายจ้างที่มีสิทธิ์ ตั้งแต่เดือนพฤษภาคมถึงกรกฎาคม ค.ศ.2022

เพื่อช่วยเหลือให้นายจ้างรักษาและจ้างงานพนักงานเพิ่มมากขึ้นเมื่อธุรกิจกลับมาดำเนินการอีกครั้ง ส่วนผู้ประกอบอาชีพอิสระที่มีสิทธิ์สามารถรับเงินช่วยเหลือแบบจ่ายครั้งเดียวจำนวน $8,000 เหรียญฮ่องกง โปรดเข้าไปที่เว็บไซต์ 2022 ESS สำหรับข้อมูลเพิ่มเติม

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اردو (Urdu)

(ESS 2022) ملازمت کے لیے امدادی سکیم 2022

تک اہل آجروں کو اجرت پر امداد فراہم کرتا ہے تاکہ آجروں کو کاروبار کی 2022 مئی سے جولائی ESS 2022 بحالی پر عملے کو برقرار رکھنے اور مزید عملہ بھرتی کرنے میں مدد مل سکے اہل آزاد پیشہ افراد ایک دفعہ کے ویب سائٹ ملاحظہ ESS 2022 کی رقم کے برابر امداد حاصل کر سکتے ہیں۔ مزید معلومات کے لیے $8000 لیے کریں۔

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Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)

Chương trình hỗ trợ việc làm 2022 (hay còn gọi là 2022 ESS)

Chương trình 2022 ESS cung cấp trợ cấp tiền lương cho những người chủ doanh nghiệp từ tháng 5 đến tháng 7 năm 2022 để giúp chủ doanh nghiệp có thể giữ chân người lao động hoặc tuyển dụng thêm nhân viên cho đến khi doanh nghiêp phục hồi. Những người tự kinh doanh đủ điều kiện có thể nhận được khoản trợ cấp một lần có trị giá $8,000. Vui lòng tham khảo trang web ESS 2022 để biết thêm thông tin.

Đối với dịch vụ phiên dịch, vui lòng gọi Trung tâm CHEER.
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Poster in 8 languages explaining the details of Temporary Unemployment Relief

Remarks: The information above is for reference only and is not a comprehensive representation of all terms and requirements. All requirements under the Scheme are subject to the terms and conditions of the Scheme.