The Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608) ("MWO") came into effect on 1 May 2011. The Reference Guidelines for Employers and Employees in relation to the MWO were released on 28 March 2011. The Chinese version of the industry-specific guidelines were released in April 2011. The English version of those industry-specific guidelines has just been released.

The industry-specific guidelines cover the real estate agency, logistics, property management, security services and cleaning services, hotel and tourism, catering and retail industries. They aim to address the characteristics and particular modes of operation in those industries and are drawn up by the Labour Department in consultation with employers and employee groups in the respective industries. The guidelines contain examples covering situations and employment terms that are particular to those industries.

The English version of the Minimum Wage Industry-specific Reference Guidelines can be found at: http://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/news/mwo.htm