Driving criminals up the wall is more rewarding than chaffeuring a family around

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 January, 2011, 12:00am

Is there a post-retirement career after a lifetime of fighting vice and crime for a police officer? Sad to say, most don't get lucrative contracts in the private sector, unlike many former commissioners. In fact, if a classified job ad (pictured) provided by the force is anything to go by, it is distinctly unpromising.

Somehow, the most popular position is to be hired as a family driver. Perhaps well-off families feel better protected by a driver with policing experience. They take up almost half of some 30 positions advertised in the current issue of Offbeat, the police's in-house tabloid, with pay ranging from HK$7,000 to HK$17,000. These are followed by jobs as delivery van drivers and security guards, and the pay drops to as low as HK$5,000.

Looking at the employment ads, the best job advice seems to be - hold on to your police job for as long as you can.