A total of 524 civil servants wanted to work after retiring last year, a report to the Chief Executive revealed. Fifty-six were directorate staff, including three former policy secretaries, the Advisory Committee on Post-retirement Employment said. Of the 71 applications by ex-directorate officials approved, 13 were sanctioned with a 'sanitisation period' of one to 12 months or with limits imposed on the scope of work undertaken. One of the 503 applications by 468 non-directorate staff was rejected but the rest were passed. Disciplined personnel accounted for nearly one-third of the non-directorate cases, with 38 per cent wanting to work as security guards. The directorate officials were primarily administrative officers or professionals who continued to work in the service sector or in the medical, works, legal or accounting fields. The committee pledged to guard against retirees from gaining unfair advantage from former links with the Government while allowing the community to benefit from their expertise.