An expenses scandal surrounding former anti-corruption chief Timothy Tong Hin-ming has not dampened the enthusiasm of fresh university graduates for the city's graft-buster, a senior investigator says.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption received a good response to the first career talks it held at eight universities across the city, said Dale Ko, acting senior principal investigator with the anti-graft agency.
"Rarely do the students inquire about what happened recently," Ko said yesterday, referring to Tong's troubles.
Last month, lawmakers issued their strongest condemnation yet of what they termed Tong's "deplorable" overspending on official entertainment, gifts and trips during his term.
"They frequently asked questions [about topics] that interested them most, such as the difficulties of the job and the need for overtime work," Ko said.
The ICAC aimed to hire more than 10 investigators in its current recruitment exercise, the agency said, with the final total dependent on the number and quality of candidates.
Ko said they were looking for graduates with a passion for work and strong language and communication skills. Applicants from any discipline were welcome, he said.
Ko said the turnover rate was improving, in response to media reports that a number of senior officers had left the body's operations department in recent years.
The turnover rate from January to October this year was 4 per cent, while in the whole of last year it was 5.6 per cent, ICAC figures showed.
Officer-grade ICAC staff earn between HK$36,505 and HK$77,055 a month. The application deadline is Friday.