Expat numbers don't add up

Hong Kong may have always been an immigrant society, but our government has repeatedly said it's a difficult task to keep track of the flows of people in and out of the city.

Saturday, 22 April, 2006, 12:00am

Good value

There has been a lot of talk lately that the Hong Kong government is making life more difficult for expatriates by not allowing their spouses to work and making it harder to get permanent residency.

I do not see a problem regarding the latter. The only advantage in becoming a permanent resident is that you are able to pass through immigration faster.

12 Sep 2003 - 12:00am


I refer to the report by 'Name and Address Supplied' headlined 'Maids are well paid' (South China Morning Post, January 15) and all the other letters I have read in these columns expressing the same opinion.

Maids may well be better paid in Hong Kong than anywhere else in the region, but compared to their employers and other expatriates they earn a pittance.

23 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

NET position is no different to that of other expats . . .

Your correspondent John Chun Ping-jang's letter ('Why NETs are unnecessary', Education Post, February 2) deserves an immediate reply. There is a lively debate as to whether native or non-native speakers make the best teachers of a second language. On a number of practical points, however, Mr Chun's letter might mislead your readers.

23 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Short-term contract expats dominate market demand

Despite signs that increasing numbers of local residents are showing interest in serviced apartments, it still remains a market dominated by expatriates from around the world.

24 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Expat influx would only be short-term solution

I refer to the report headlined 'Language edge lost as expat officers go'(Sunday Morning Post, August 26).

Allan Roger, the president of the Association of Expatriate Civil Servants, says English-language standards have declined as expatriate civil servant numbers have 'hit a record low'.

2 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Language edge lost as expat officers go

The Government has been accused of presiding over a decline in the English language after it emerged expatriate civil servant numbers have hit a record low.

Allan Roger, president of the Association of Expatriate Civil Servants, spoke out after figures obtained by the Sunday Morning Post showed only 563 'non-local officers' remain - down from 1,249 at the handover.

26 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Expat civil servant numbers fall

The number of civil servants on expatriate terms dwindled from 1,807 in 1995 to 778 in April this year, while the number of local officers grew from 178,165 to 188,011.

4 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Expat benefits suffer in downturn as mainland seen less of a hardship

The regional economic downturn has brought the cost of expatriate benefits for employees in the mainland under closer scrutiny, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).

6 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Expat recruitment packages scrapped

Colonial recruitment terms for expatriates were yesterday scrapped by the Government.

The Executive Council endorsed a new package with unified wage and fringe benefits for future local and overseas staff.

The Civil Service Bureau said the new terms were largely based on existing local terms, with 'modernised' provisions on leave calculation and accumulation.

30 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

New expat civil servants to lose perks

Colonial civil service privileges are to be dropped for expatriate recruits under a new appointments package.

The Government yesterday announced that recruitment terms for new local and overseas staff would be unified this year.

These include parity for holidays, housing allowances and air fares.

18 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Age of the expat ends as old China hands lose their touch

IN today's world, the traditional expatriate, who settles for decades in a foreign country, is a dying breed. Asia, in the past few years, has seen the birth of not just the Asian expat, but also the Western expats with a short-term contract.

6 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Loss of perks forces expats to seek value

Dwindling perks from companies are signalling the end of Hong Kong's colonial era and forcing expatriates to become more dollar-conscious when they look for homes to rent, according to leading leasing agents First Pacific Davies.

19 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Expat pay falls but top dogs on $3.6m

HONG KONG'S best-paid expatriates are seeing their pay packages trimmed - but managers at or close to the top are still receiving an average of $2.77 million this year, according to the latest Q3 Associates study.

Managing directors averaged packages worth $3.6 million, while expatriates in upper management averaged $2.5 million.

8 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Clarifying the selection criteria for consultants

I refer to the letter 'Expatriate monopoly unfair to local firms' (South China Morning Post, August 8), containing a number of points with respect to Hong Kong Government consultant selection procedures which require clarification.

20 Aug 1996 - 12:00am