More than 200 work contracts were signed by Macau residents during a recruitment fair by MGM China Holdings Ltd offering non-gaming jobs at the company, including for the company’s new Cotai property, MGM Cotai. The positions spanned seven departments, including hotel operations and security, the firm said in a press release.
A total of more than 800 Macau residents attended the company’s first mass recruitment fair, which took place on Tuesday at MGM Macau.
The casino operator said it would make available in its Macau operations more than 1,200 new job roles, providing a total of approximately 6,000 jobs across its non-gaming and gaming departments.
MGM China currently operates only one Macau gaming property, the MGM Macau casino hotel on the city’s peninsula. The firm is building a US$3.1-billion casino resort in Macau’s Cotai district, a property that is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2017.
MGM China said that it would organise some other recruitment fairs in cooperation with several local associations, including: the Macao Federation of Trade Unions; the General Union of Neighbourhood Associations of Macau; the Macau Gaming Industry Labourers Association; and the Women’s General Association of Macau.
The casino firm said it was collaborating with these organisations “as a way to further engage the community”.
“MGM is committed to giving back to the community through different initiatives; one of which is by providing opportunities for local talent to develop professional skills and fuel their career path at a resort of international level,” Wendy Yu, senior vice president of human resources at MGM China, said in a statement.
“We will continue to provide extensive training and support to both our existing and new team members as we anticipate the expansion of MGM’s footprint in Macau,” she added.
MGM Cotai will have approximately 1,500 hotel rooms and suites, meeting space, a luxury spa, shops and restaurants. There will additionally be a theatre that can offer 14 different seating arrangements, which the firm calls “Asia’s first dynamic theatre”.
Commenting on the collaboration with MGM China, Elaine Wong, vice president of the Macao Federation of Trade Unions, said: “We are happy to see that enterprises are putting emphasis in recruiting locals … We hope to see more local enterprises, not only the integrated resort operators, to create job opportunities, upward and linear career mobility for local residents.”
MGM China is a subsidiary of U.S.-based MGM Resorts International. The parent company announced on September 1 that it had completed a deal to increase its stake in MGM China to approximately 56 percent, from the 51 percent holding it had previously.
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