Her Majesty'S Civil Service

A moral compass with confused directions

Last week, the government published a civil service code, which sets out the core value of civil servants and their relationship with the politically appointed officials under the accountability system.

Wednesday, 16 September, 2009, 12:00am

The trouble with more curbs on retirement jobs

Following a report by the committee reviewing post-service employment for directorate-grade civil servants, public attention has focused mainly on one of 23 recommendations: to extend the control period for the most senior civil servants from three years to five, and from two years to three for the next most senior grades.

22 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Civil service pay review must come with reform

Job security is now the abiding concern of workers as the global financial crisis causes an economic slowdown of unpredictable severity and duration. The end of the good times has curbed expectations of pay rises and job hopping.

29 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Love or money?

Frederick Ma Si-hang, the departing secretary for commerce and economic development, is best remembered for his deep bow over the penny stock blunder and his consequent bounce back.

9 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Chief got it 'totally wrong' on aides

Ex-civil service boss critical on appointees

The former civil service minister has weighed into the row over the government's new political appointees, saying it had got it 'totally wrong' in paying them different salaries.

2 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Diverse needs require focused attention


Staff development and training used to be regarded largely as a second-line supporting service but is now an essential element of strategic planning for any business - including the government.

30 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Cutting political ties that bind

Few would dispute the vision that the government's structure should be overhauled as part of a larger constitutional reform. During the drafting of the Basic Law, it was too casually assumed that the government could continue to be run by civil servants as principal officials - despite the 'politicisation' of having a chief executive elected locally.

11 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Ministers may get two new aides in shake-up

Two new layers of political appointees could be introduced next year under plans to strengthen the government's ministerial system and help groom the city's pool of politicians.

The changes, to be set out in a consultation document for release soon, would provide ministers with deputies and assistants to help them handle political issues.

12 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Civil service neutrality called into doubt

The long-standing policy on political neutrality in the civil service has been called into question after a senior official aired his views on political reform in a high-profile newspaper article.

But the Civil Service Bureau stressed he was only expressing a 'personal' comment, adding that the principle of political neutrality remained unchanged.

29 May 2004 - 12:00am

Ministerial report avoids comment on Tung

Lawmakers also decry politicisation of the senior civil service

Lawmakers yesterday attacked the review of the much-criticised ministerial system for avoiding comment over the chief executive's role in recent political controversies.

22 Jul 2003 - 12:00am


There is a general perception that civil servants are paid more than their counterparts in the private sector. This is a complicated issue involving a number of factors. I wish to focus on one - the relationship between performance and pay.

14 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Civil service neutrality defended

The government has defended the ministerial system after the European Commission warned the changes should not undermine the civil service.

Officials also renewed pledges of wide public consultation in light of the commission's concerns over how the SAR would move towards full democracy as promised by the Basic Law.

9 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Guidelines needed to negotiate change

WE ARE WITNESSING the demise of the administrative state run by civil servants, a style of government which once led Professor Lau Siu-kai - who now heads the government's Central Policy Unit - to term Hong Kong a bureaucratic polity.

20 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Tight controls widely adopted

Sackings and tight controls on civil service pay have been widely adopted in some countries which have faced serious financial pressure in recent years, a government-appointed taskforce said.

It said government affordability emerged as a predominant factor in those countries in determining civil service pay.

26 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Union calls for committee to preside over possible civil service pay disputes

A committee of inquiry should be set up to settle any possible disputes between the civil service and the Government over pay cuts, a civil service union said yesterday.

But the Chinese Civil Servants' Association, representing more than 100,000 people, hoped any dispute could be resolved through the existing mechanism.

15 Apr 2002 - 12:00am