Civil Service Bureau

The 'hidden man' behind civil service

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

After decades of navigating the choppy waters of officialdom, the persistently low-key Paul Tang Kwok-wai has had a taste of public defeat. As secretary for the civil service, Tang recently came under fire for failing to unite the 160,000 public servants behind a common front ahead of the annual wage adjustment announced this month.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:39am

Hong Kong civil servants disappointed at 'stingy' wage rise

Paul Tang Kwok-wai. Photo: Robert Ng

The Civil Service Bureau has submitted a proposal to the Executive Council that would see the city's 170,000 civil servants get a pay rise that is lower than the inflation rate, even though it is likely to affect morale.

5 Jun 2013 - 8:09am 2 comments

Police union seeks to raise officers' retirement age

Gallant Garden honours civil servants who die on duty.

The union has written to Ip, who chairs the Legislative Council's panel of public services, asking her to bring the matter to the attention of the legislature.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am 1 comment

Civil Service Bureau revealed by Audit Commission to not obtain tenders

Prisoners working at the Chi Ma Wan prison. Photo: Martin Chan

For the second time this year government agencies have been criticised by the audit watchdog for avoiding public tenders by breaking down their purchases into sums below HK$1.43 million.

The Civil Service Bureau was singled out for rebuke this time. In the previous audit report, issued in April, the Correctional Services Department was flagged up for the practice.

15 Nov 2012 - 4:12am

New civil service rules just the job

Three years after the Leung Chin-man post-retirement job fiasco, the government has decided to tighten the arrangements for former top civil servants to work in the private sector. Some 30 additional measures will be introduced in September. Understandably, officials looking for greener pastures may find the new regime too restrictive.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Ex-official claims he paid the price for speaking out

A retired senior marine official who felt victimised by the government's handling of the Leung Chin-man affair yesterday claimed he was punished simply because he dared to speak up.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

More than 100 sacked for misconduct

More than 100 civil servants have been sacked for misconduct in the past five years, the Civil Service Bureau says. Of the 103 sacked, 38 were civilian officers while 65 were disciplined services officers. Unauthorised absence was the most prevalent misconduct, leading to the sacking of 22 civil servants between 2006 and 2010.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Civil servants visit mainland

Secretary for the Civil Service Denise Yue Chung-yee (pictured) will lead 15 permanent secretaries to Beijing tomorrow to attend a tailor-made national studies course at the Chinese Academy of Governance. The delegation will visit the capital and Shanghai on a one-week trip to 'better understand the latest developments on the mainland', a spokesman for the Civil Service Bureau said.

11 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Bureau investigation clears chief of InvestHK

The head of the government's investment promotion arm has had his name cleared after an investigation by a bureau concluded he had never received a case of wine as a gift from an aide.

21 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Civil servants upset over extra work

Industrial action by Home Affairs Department liaison officers has triggered a row among civil servants.

A union representing government executive officers has voiced 'deep concern' to the Civil Service Bureau over the extra workload shifted on to its members.

18 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Rowse faces sanctions for publishing his book

Former InvestHK chief Mike Rowse is facing possible sanctions for failing to obtain government approval for his book due to be launched today.

3 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Government owns up to fifth case of missing data

A USB flash drive containing details of civil servants' misconduct cases is missing, the fifth case of government data loss in a week.

The latest disclosure has fuelled concerns that the problem is just the tip of the iceberg, as more officers feel pressure to come clean on losses previously hushed up.

1 May 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Guangzhou mayor urges more services investment from HK

4 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Anger swells over 'unequal' wage rises proposed in civil service plan

The Civil Service Bureau's pay rise plan for civil servants has triggered more unrest among workers who say it will not improve their lot.

A social workers' union threatened to strike over unequal pay between government-subsidised groups and the civil service as almost 2,000 people protested yesterday calling for pay rises.

25 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Civil service hiring policy attacked

Decision to take on 628 recruits inconsistent, say lawmakers

Lawmakers have warned that the government faces ridicule from the public after announcing it will recruit 628 civil servants between now and 2008, having already spent billions of dollars on a cash-for-retirement scheme to reduce civil service numbers.

19 Dec 2006 - 12:00am