A worldwide recruitment campaign for a chief executive officer for the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority will be launched in the middle of the year. Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, chairman of the arts hub's board, said it was hoped the right candidate would be found by the end of this year. It was also hoped that an artistic director could be found in that time, but the authority was struggling to find the right candidate for museum adviser. Sin Chung-kai, chairman of the authority's pay committee, said the candidate must have experience in arts and culture, and knowledge of project development and finance. He declined to reveal the CEO's salary. 'Our consultancy study compared the salary range of more than 20 organisations around the world, including that of international arts organisations,' he said. 'The salary ... will match that of local medium-sized public organisations such as the Urban Renewal Authority, but it is also competitive enough on the international market.' Mr Sin said about 80 staff would be required to run the arts hub, citing a consultancy report. He added that the appointment of an executive director - expected to start work next month - would be announced soon. Hub development committee chairman Ronald Arculli said the conceptual plan and project consultants would be announced soon. Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing said the Home Affairs Bureau had commissioned a government think-tank, the Central Policy Unit, to conduct a survey on human resources in arts and culture.