Casino staff wages rise, demand for manpower decreases

Average earnings of gaming employees have hit record highs, despite declining GGR in the region.

According to the Statistics and Census Service, average earnings of full-time employees in the gaming sector, as measured in June, stood at MOP 22,060 ($2,760), up by 2.7 percent year-on-year while average earnings of dealers increased by 2 percent, at MOP 18,960.

The gaming sector saw a reduction in full-time staff, down 3 percent year-on-year to 55,708, with dealers down 3.1 percent.

Only 660 new employees were hired, down 66.5 percent in the same quarter in 2015, according to DSEC.

“These indicators suggested a continued slowdown in demand for manpower in the Gaming Sector,” said DSEC in a statement.