French Civil Service

Ex-minister in probe had several checks

The misconduct alleged against the former development chief is all the more surprising because of the many integrity checks he underwent during his 30 years in the civil service.

Saturday, 14 July, 2012, 12:00am

Pinning a number on the civil service

Mainland media have been abuzz since a senior National People's Congress deputy said the number of civil servants had grown by one million a year for the past four years.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Appointees caught in pay-rise limbo

The question of public service pay can be a sensitive one. Any change, be it pay rise or cut, can provoke a strong response in the community, as we have seen in the past. The question of how much ministers and civil servants are worth depends on a number of factors, such as their performance, pay levels in the private sector and the state of the economy. Sometimes, public opinion plays a part.

13 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

We could all end up paying for the civil servants' party

I raised concerns on their [civil servants'] behalf but I got very little support from the major parties ... So civil servant unions were very disappointed, and they realised it's really time that they should have their own representatives.

Regina Ip, chairwoman, The New Same-Old-Has-Beens Party, SCMP, March 21

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Job blunder exposes flaws in control system

The select committee studying the case of former housing director Leung Chin-man should have been more selective.

14 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

More must answer the noble call to serve

A recent Yahoo news report on who gets paid what in the Obama White House brings to the fore some eye-popping facts about top-level public service pay in President Barack Obama's administration.

11 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Exco approves civil service pay cuts

The Executive Council has endorsed a proposal to cut the pay of university graduates who have joined the civil service since October 1 by about HK$2,000 a month.

Civil servants in 36 ranks will be affected. Their minimum starting salaries will be reduced from HK$21,880 to HK$19,835 a month, saving HK$10 million a year.

19 May 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

Civil service pay plan 'reflects trends'

Secretary for Civil Service Denise Yue Chung-yee denied yesterday the government was taking the lead by cutting the starting salaries of civil servants with university degrees, saying the findings of a recent survey were only a reflection of market trends.

16 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Legco set to seal top civil servants' pay cut

The government's proposed 5.38 per cent pay cut for senior civil servants is likely to clear a hurdle in the legislature tomorrow despite last-minute efforts by some lawmakers to minimise the reduction.

15 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Extend job curbs on top civil servants, panel recommends

Top civil servants may face an extension of the restrictions on them taking up work after they retire - in contrast to politically appointed officials.

11 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Civil service image 'at risk' in row

Civil service minister Denise Yue Chung-yee says she is saddened by the disputes over this year's pay adjustment for the civil service.

Miss Yue told the legislature's public service panel she was worried the pay row could have a negative impact on the image of the civil service.

8 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Police should share the economic pain

People expect the police to walk the beat, not march on the streets. Last Sunday, police officers declined to join their colleagues from five other disciplined services to protest against pay cuts for some civil servants and a freeze for others. But yesterday, they threatened a much bigger rally of their own this weekend after pay negotiations with the government broke down.

24 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Pay survey findings pose political dilemma

Civil servants are envied for their job security and protected pay and perks. They can, therefore, expect little sympathy over the results of the annual pay trend survey. This suggests their salaries should be cut to reflect a recent drop in private sector pay. It is up to the government whether to introduce cuts and up to lawmakers whether to approve.

19 May 2009 - 12:00am

Waning appeal of jobs in civil service needs scrutiny, watchdog says

The government must closely watch whether the 'accountability system' will make a career in the service less attractive because political appointees have now taken the top policymaking positions that used to be reserved for civil servants.

29 Apr 2009 - 12:00am