Reforms provide easier ride for expats

BETTE Bao Lord, author and wife of a former US ambassador to China, once wrote that to be Chinese is to suffer one of the hardest fates in the world.

Sunday, 11 August, 1996, 12:00am

Expats join forces for 1997 trip

Two hundred expatriate officers are expected to sign up for a new association amid the exodus of hundreds of overseas civil servants in the run-up to 1997.

10 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Tax warning

With one year to go before the handover, some expats nervous about their future are preparing to search for opportunities in other countries where they will surely demand higher salaries than the locals and the right to work without those annoying employment visas, like the British have always done in Hong Kong.

3 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Gap between local and expatriate pay narrows

HONG KONG pay rates are undergoing a quiet revolution, with local nationals' pay outpacing expatriates in top finance and marketing jobs, according to a consultant.

5 May 1996 - 12:00am

Realistic targets for expatriate English teachers

I refer to Stella Lee's article headlined, 'Setback for expatriate teaching scheme' (South China Morning Post, March 7) and the editorial 'Language double talk' (March 8). They contain points I must clarify.

The Government recognises the positive value of expatriate teachers in improving English standards. Resources are provided accordingly.

20 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Start early

ON the subject of the waning days of the expats and their lavish packages, I have to disagree with your correspondent Julian Holiday (Sunday Morning Post, December 3), who thinks that in the present unemployment crisis, employers should continue hiring 'expats who may be more qualified and have greater experience than their local counterparts.' As a so-called returnee who was educated abroad, I

10 Dec 1995 - 12:00am


I REFER to the alarming number of articles which I have read in the South China Morning Post and other newspapers lately which state that the day of the expat has gone and will never return.

3 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Expats feel the package pinch

THE gilt-edged perks lavished upon Hong Kong's expatriate community are rapidly becoming a thing of the past, employee benefit consultants claim.

Private sector employers are mirroring the Government's localisation programme as the countdown to the 1997 handover gains momentum.

5 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Refreshing to hear such honesty

I REFER to the letter from A. Williams' headlined, 'Other options open to maids', which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on August 8.

It is refreshing to hear such honesty once in a while from a lone voice among the expatriate population: an all too occasional voice of truth and conscience towards the down-trodden locals.

26 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Overseas terms for demoted expat

A TOP expat civil servant has been demoted under the Government's localisation policy, but her new three-year contract will be on overseas terms.

Deputy Secretary for Recreation and Culture, Rachel Cartland, yesterday confirmed she had accepted a Directorate Grade Two post - one grade lower than her existing level - which would pay $95,550 a month.

20 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Expat hunt

POLICE are hunting for six expatriates in connection with the theft of an envelope containing US$30,000 (about HK$231,660) from a trading company in Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei. The six were seen in the firm's office shortly before the money, brought back from the bank by an employee, went missing.

21 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

University delays plan for equal staff benefits

CITY University has shelved a proposal to equalise benefits for locals and expatriates, leaving the problem unlikely to be resolved until after 1997.

The university had proposed the replacement of housing benefits with standard cash allowances - a system similar to that of the Hospital Authority.

18 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Expats to take $1.45m

EXPATRIATES employed under Her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service (HMOCS) will be entitled to a $1.45 million tax-free payment.

The confirmation yesterday of the compensation package will now clear the way for the planning of senior government posts.

16 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Packages for expats carry hidden costs

LIVING costs for expatriates working in China can add more than 30 per cent to the total remuneration package, a survey by management consultant Price Waterhouse has found.

15 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Costs unknown in expat fight

COSTS for the legal battle with expatriate civil servants seeking a judicial review of the controversial localisation policy have not been estimated, the Deputy Secretary for the Civil Service, Thomas Tso Man-tai, said yesterday.

31 Oct 1994 - 12:00am