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Chun Wo Development Holdings

  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

About Chun Wo Development Holdings

  • Construction & Property Services

What it does: Building construction, engineering, property development and asset leasing, railway and transportation projects.

Best known for: Chun Wo Development Holdings is one of the biggest construction companies in Hong Kong. Their large-scale projects included the RMB120 billion Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and the HK$97 billion Sha Tin-Central Link rail project.

Staff stats: Between 1,000 and 5,000 employees.

The good bits: Chun Wo offers a comprehensive programme for experienced professionals, graduates and students with 10 custom programmes. They also sponsor the participants’ expenses for acquiring certifications, courses and diplomas.

The not so good bits: The company’s salaries for interns are lower than competitors such as Sun Hung Kai Properties. Chun Wo’s interns earn up to HK$7,000 per month on average compared to HK$9,000 from other companies.

The Chun Wo Development Holdings story

Chun Wo primarily operates in Hong Kong’s construction and real estate development industry. The company traces its roots from over 50 years since Pang Kam-Chun established the commercial group in 1968. The decades-long experience in the sector included several projects along the ‘Belt & Road’ route China’s Great Bay Area and countries in Southeast Asia.

Some of their prominent construction and property development work comprise the Central-Wan Chai Bypass, the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Passenger Clearance Building, Liantang Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Infrastructure, and the MTR Shatin to Central Link route. Chun Wo has become one of the biggest construction companies in Hong Kong. Their overseas expansion plans outside Greater China have included Abu Dhabi and Vietnam.

The recruitment process

The company may take two weeks to process online applications for internships. You should expect to be interviewed with other candidates, although the questions won’t be too difficult. Chun Wo might be more interested in your reason to join them. The interviewer may also ask about your college or university experience that will be relevant to the job.

Career prospects

Students can apply as an intern at Chun Wo that may last between 8 and 12 weeks. The company also offers 10 training programmes for college, university and vocational graduates:

Assistant Safety & Environmental Officer Programme

  • Three-year training to become occupational safety and health (OSH), officers
  • Company-sponsored OSH course

Core Programme

  • Three to five years of mentorship to become managers
  • Company-sponsored EMBA and management course

Direct Labour Scheme

  • 6 to 12 months of training before deployment into construction sites
  • Job rotations and mentoring for participants

Elite Programme

  • Three to six years of fast-tracked apprenticeship for management roles
  • Only applies to top graduates of engineering and quantity surveying

Graduate Engineer Training Programme / Graduate Quantity Surveyor Training Programme

  • Two to three years of one-on-one mentorship and training
  • Only applies to graduates of engineering and quantity surveying
  • Several courses to meet Continuing Professional Development requirements

QS Freshmen Training Programme

  • Six years of education and training for aspiring quantity surveying professionals
  • Individual mentoring for every participant
  • Company-sponsored Higher Diploma

Site Agent Development Programme

  • Three-year training to prepare experienced workers for mid-level management roles

Technical Apprentice Mentoring Programme

  • Two-year training for aspiring engineers or foremen
  • Company-sponsored course for your chosen career path

GLAD Accounting Trainee Programme

  • Three-year training for accounting graduates
  • Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accounts certification upon completion

Remuneration

Assistant engineers’ median monthly salaries range from HK$16,000 and HK$18,000. Chun Wo’s BIM modellers earn HK$19,000 and HK$21,000 per month on average. The company pays an average of HK$38,000 per month for quantity surveyors.

Chun Wo’s benefits and incentives include milestone leaves for birthdays and marriages, exam and paternity leave, and staff care. Interns earn between HK$4,000 and HK$7,000 per month on average, which is lower than other companies like Sun Hung Kai Properties’ HK$9,000 monthly average pay for their interns.

The culture

Graduates who prioritise work-life balance will struggle to prosper in their roles at Chun Wo. Long work hours and overtime seem to be common among engineers and quantity surveyors. The situation, however, may stem from the shortage of skilled professionals and labourers in Hong Kong’s construction industry.

The competition

Chun Wo’s top competitors include Cheung Kong (Holdings), Great Eagle Holdings, Henderson Land Development, Sun Hung Kai Properties and Wheelock Properties (Hong Kong).

Social contributions

The company focuses on community involvement, environmental protection (eg carbon audit and waste management), occupational health and safety, scholarships and volunteerism among employees as the key elements of their corporate social responsibility projects.

The vibe of the place

The demand for workers in Hong Kong’s construction and property sectors continues to outpace the available supply of qualified workers. Chun Wo might be willing to pay a premium for hiring exceptional graduates. You need to have rare and sought-after credentials, including engineering and IT skills, to emerge as a front-runner for your target role.

Be prepared to work for long hours, though, as the dearth of skilled individuals indicates more work for those who are competent enough for the job. Students should also consider the uneven work-life balance given the company’s small monthly salaries for interns.

Opportunities

Locations With Opportunities
  • Hong Kong
Hiring Candidates With Degrees In
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Business & Management
E
Engineering & Mathematics
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Property & Built Environment