Minimum Wage Ordinance in Hong Kong

Confirmation of Student Status for "Work Experience Student" under Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608)

The Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608) has come into force since 1 May 2011 but statutory minimum wage does not apply to the following specified student employees under the Ordinance:

  • student interns;
  • and work experience students during a period of exempt student employment.

If you are under the age of 26 years at the beginning of employment and if you and your employer agree to treat a certain period of your employment as a period of exempt student employment, UG Student Development and Career Services Team would help confirm your student status for "work experience student" under Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608). 

To confirm your student status for “work experience student”, please send the following documents at least 4 weeks before the employment commences to 

Please be reminded that under the Ordinance, "work experience student" and his/her employer may agree to treat a continuous period of up to 59 days as exempt student employment, i.e. 59 days is the maximum day of exempt student employment and the statutory minimum wage ordinance applies from your 60th day of employment. 

Statutory Declaration for a Period of Exempt Student Employment Contract

After your student status has been confirmed by the School, you have to make the statutory declaration before the commencement of the exempt student employment and provide a copy to the employer. Specimen Content of statutory declaration could be downloaded here.

For more details, please refer to the Notes for Student Employees and Employers here. 

Important Note

Please refer to Labour Department website and HKUST Career Center website for the most updated information regarding the Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608) and Student interns and work experience students during a period of exempt student employments.