Civil Service of the Republic of Ireland

RTHK criticised for recruitment policies

RTHK did too little to promote its contract employees to full-time civil service positions last year and should cut back on its contract hires, lawmakers said yesterday.

Tuesday, 10 January, 2012, 12:00am

Hunt for cream of the crop

Administrative officers (AOs) form the backbone of Hong Kong's civil service and these positions have long been among the most sought after in the city.

The lucky few who manage to get accepted are trained to become multi-disciplined professional administrators. They are put on the fast track to fill up senior positions in the government.

6 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Anger over quota that helps civil servants beat queue for public flats

A lawmaker has branded a quota system that allows low-paid civil servants to get a head start in applying for public housing as an unfair historical leftover.

His criticism comes as activists call on the government to revamp the system and find other ways to meet civil servants' housing needs.

25 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

New privacy chief has to prove the critics wrong

When it comes to watchdogs tasked with protecting our rights - whether from the government, business, or each other - one key attribute stands out: independence.

30 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Misconduct prosecutions rise

9 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

The soft corruption of civil servants' fat-cat perks

Bankers' bonuses have been a hot topic of late. Perhaps it is time to add the perks of civil servants to the debate. Their fringe benefits and high wages have made them truly a special interest group. A strong case has been made against the pernicious effects of the incentives to risk-taking created by the high bonuses of bankers and financers on an economy.

21 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Heavier penalties urged for misdeeds in the civil service

The government should consider heavier punishments, such as salary cuts or demotions, for civil servants found guilty of official misconduct, the head of the Public Service Commission said.

Nicholas Ng Wing-fui said most civil servants were efficient and honest, and the public should not be given the impression that all bureaucrats were 'shirkers'.

14 May 2009 - 12:00am

Watchdog raps knee-jerk policies

The administration's concern with appearing to be responsive to criticism had created reactive, knee-jerk policies at the expensive of proper planning, the outgoing Ombudsman said yesterday.

26 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Public interest is review's priority

Personal interest cannot override public interest when directorate-level civil servants apply for private-sector jobs after they have retired, executive councillor Ronald Arculli has said.

17 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Ex-broadcast chief takes TV post

A former broadcasting chief has taken his 35 years' expertise to the private sector following his abrupt departure from RTHK in 2007.

2 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Government has compromised civil service's political neutrality

I applaud Christopher Cheng's article ('No way to govern', August 21) on the Leung Chin-man incident, which in my judgment contains some of the most sensible and principled comments I have seen so far on this case.

I cannot agree more with Mr Cheng's conclusion that while all governments cannot ignore public opinion, 'they also need to know when to run true to principle'.

27 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Study will see if reformed civil service attracts best, brightest

A comprehensive study is under way to ascertain if the ministerial system and other post-handover civil service reforms have made government jobs less attractive.

But the study, the first of its kind launched by the government, would not necessarily lead to pay rises or more promotion opportunities for staff, Public Service Commission chairman Nicholas Ng Wing-fui said.

26 May 2008 - 12:00am

Civil service eases rules on NPC contests

Retiring officials allowed to stand for election; change 'made for' Fanny Law

The government has lifted a long-standing ban against retiring civil servants running in the National People's Congress (NPC) elections.

5 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Up to 3,000 recruits for the civil service possible

Up to 3,000 people may be recruited by the government next year to replace those who took voluntary retirement with hefty compensation payouts five years ago, Secretary for the Civil Service Denise Yue Chung-yee said.

18 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

One door closes, another opens

Extracts from Fanny Law's statement explaining her resignation:

'It is obvious that my decision is related to the recent inquiry ... However, I must declare that I have been contemplating resignation for some time. This is not a rash decision.

23 Jun 2007 - 12:00am