Public Administration

The starting salary of the civil servants is relatively higher than other industries for graduates, and it provides a clear career development and promotion path which attract many young people to join in this field. Civil service involves different sections, departments and bureaus. There are mainly two categories of work, namely Disciplined Services and General Grades, and the requirements are varied with different positions. Disciplined Services include Police Force, Fire Services Department, Immigration Department, Correctional Services Department and Flying Service whereas the General Grades include Administrative Officer Grade, Executive Officer Grade, Clerical and Secretarial Grades.

Job Title
Duties

Police officer mainly is divided into police constable and inspector and the requirements and duties are different. Police constable is responsible for frontline work while inspectors are responsible for supervision and operations.

  • Investigate and arrest suspects related to crime
  • Maintain road safety and smooth traffic flow
  • Investigate drug and commercial crimes
  • Ensure the safety of Hong Kong waters and implement anti-smuggling, maritime search and rescue operations
  • Prevent illegal entry and maintain border security
Working hours

48 hours a week, work in shift

Working environment

Police constable and inspector might be deployed to various departments of the Police Force, such as military uniforms, traffic, criminal or marine police departments and etc.

Personality
Helpful
Responsible
Promotion and reference salary
Constable
From $24,110
Sergeant
From $38,580
Station sergeant
From $38,740
Inspector of police
From $39,660
Senior inspector of police
From $68,520
Chief inspector of police
From $82,500
 Note: Salary according to pay scale for Police officers (effective 1 April 2018).
Entry requirements
  • Pass the physical fitness and initial eyesight tests without the aid of any eyesight correction tools
  • Be able to read and write in Chinese and speak fluent Cantonese
  • Physique:

– Male candidates: Height at least 163 cm and weight 50 kg

– Female candidates: Height at least 152cm and weight 42kg

Police Constable:

  • Level 2 or equivalent or above in five subjects (including Chinese and English Languages) in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent
  • Need to undergo 27 weeks of foundation training

Inspector:

  • A Bachelor degree from a Hong Kong university, or equivalent
  • An accredited Associate Degree from a Hong Kong tertiary institution, or a Higher Diploma from a Hong Kong polytechnic / polytechnic university / Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education / technical college, or a Diploma from a registered post-secondary college awarded after the date of its registration, or equivalent
  • Level 3 or equivalent or above in five subjects and Level 2 in Chinese and English Languages in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) , or equivalent
  • Meet the language proficiency requirements of Level 1 results in the two language papers (Use of Chinese and Use of English) in the Common Recruitment Examination, or equivalent
  • Need to undergo 36 weeks of foundation training
Duties

The work at the Fire Services Department is divided into three main categories, including Fireman/Firewoman (Operational/ Marine), Senior Fireman/ Firewoman (Control) and Station Officer (Operational). The requirements and duties are different. The main duties of a fireman/firewoman are as follows:

  • Respond rapidly to fire calls and carry out effectively both land-based and marine fire-fighting operations
  • Provide effective and efficient rescue services on land and at sea
  • Protect life and property from fire or other calamity
  • Provide advice on fire protection measures and fire hazards
  • Educate the community and promote the public awareness on fire safety
Working hours

48-54 hours a week, work in shifts

Working environment

Stay aware of sudden environmental challenges and security risks, such as fire or other disasters

Personality
Helpful
Responsible
Promotion and reference salary
Fireman/Firewoman
From $19,780
Senior fireman/ firewoman
From $28,175
Station officer
From $36,540

Note: Salary according to pay scale of disciplined services (effective 1 April 2018).

Entry requirements
  • Pass a physical fitness test and job-related performance test and eyesight test
  • Pass a written aptitude test

Fireman/Firewoman (Operational/ Marine)

  • Level 2 or equivalent or above in five subjects (including Chinese and English Languages in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent3
  • Ability to type 30 words or more in a minute
  • Can speak fluently in Cantonese
  • Has to undergo a 12-week residential initial training at the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy.

Senior Fireman/ Firewoman (Control)

  • Level 2 or equivalent or above in five subjects including Chinese and English Languages in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent
  • Ability to type 30 words or more in a minutes
  • Can speak fluently in Cantonese
  • Has to undergo a 12-week residential initial training at the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy.

Station Officer (Operational)

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Hong Kong university, or equivalent; and meet the language proficiency requirements of Level 1 results in the two language papers (Use of Chinese and Use of English) in the Common Recruitment Examination, or equivalent
  • A Higher Diploma / Associate Degree in Hong Kong Colleges / Registered Post-secondary Diploma and a Level 2 or above in Chinese Language and English Language in the Secondary School Diploma, or equivalent; or Level 3 or equivalent or above in five subjects and Level 2 or equivalent or above in Chinese and English languages in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent
  • Fluent in Cantonese and English
  • Be able to pass a practical aptitude test
  • Has to undergo a 26-week residential initial training at the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy.
Duties

Ambulance Services Department have two main positions, including Ambulanceman/woman and Ambulance Officer. The main duties are as follows:

  • Provide emergency ambulance services
  • Carry out pre-hospital care services
  • Execute related ambulance duties
  • Drive ambulances, vehicles and vans
Working hours

44 hours a week, work in shifts

Working environment

Need to handle emergency cases

Personality
Helpful
Responsible
Promotion and reference salary
Ambulanceman/ woman
From$ 29,455
Ambulance officer
From $70,470

Note: Salary according to pay scale of disciplined services (effective 1 April 2018).

Entry requirements
  • Pass the Physical Fitness Test and Job-related Performance Test
  • Pass the Written Aptitude Test

Ambulanceman/ Ambulancewoman

  • Level 2 or equivalent or above in five subjects (including Chinese and English Languages) in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent
  • Be able to speak fluent Cantonese
  • Has to undergo a 26-week residential initial training at the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy.
  • Candidates who are in possession of a valid Hong Kong Driving Licence is an advantage

Ambulance Officer

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Hong Kong university, or equivalent and meet the language proficiency requirements of Level 1 results in the two language papers (Use of Chinese and Use of English) in the Common Recruitment Examination, or equivalent
  • A Higher Diploma / Associate Degree in Hong Kong Colleges / Registered Post-secondary Diploma and a Level 2 or above in Chinese and English Languages in the Secondary School Diploma, or equivalent
  • Level 3 or equivalent or above in five subjects and Level 2 or equivalent or above in Chinese language and English languages in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent
  • Fluent in Cantonese and English
  • Be able to pass a practical aptitude test
  • Has to undergo a 26-week residential initial training at the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy.
Duties

Immigration department has two entry levels, which are Immigration Assistant and Immigration Officer. The main duties are as follows:

  • Search and arrest people violating immigration laws
  • Execute personnel registration, entry and exit duties
  • Issuance of HKSAR passports, other travel documents and visas
  • Handle registration of persons, births, deaths and marriage laws of Hong Kong
Working hours

44 hours a week, work in shift

Working environment

Mainly work in Hong Kong, driving government vehicles and working outside of Hong Kong might be required

Personality
Helpful
Responsible
Promotion and reference salary
Immigration assistant
From $19,225
Senior immigration assistant
From $27,380
Chief immigration assistant
From $37,905
Immigration officer
From $34,825
Senior immigration officer
From $72,645
Chief immigration officer
From $87,460

Note: Salary according to pay scale of disciplined services (effective 1 April 2018).

Entry requirements

Immigration Assistant:

  • Level 2 or equivalent or above in five subjects (including Chinese and English Languages) in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent
  • Pass the Physical Fitness Test
  • Fluent in Cantonese
  • Has to undergo a 14 week residential initial training at the Immigration Service Institute of Training and Development.

Immigration Officer:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Hong Kong university, or equivalent and meet the language proficiency requirements of Level 1 results in the two language papers (Use of Chinese and Use of English) in the Common Recruitment Examination, or equivalent
  • A Higher Diploma / Associate Degree in Hong Kong Colleges / Registered Post-secondary Diploma and a Level 2 or above in Chinese and English Languages in the Secondary School Diploma, or equivalent
  • A Certificate of Registration (Part II) issued by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong, or equivalent
  • Level 3 or equivalent or above in three subjects and Level 2 or equivalent or above in Chinese and English languages in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent
  • Fluent in Cantonese and English
  • Pass the Physical Fitness Test
  • Has to undergo a 25-week residential initial training at the Immigration Service Institute of Training and Development.
Duties

Customs and Excise Department has two entry levels, which are Customs Officer and Customs Inspector. The main duties are as follows:

  • Protection and collection of Government revenue on dutiable goods
  • Detection and deterrence of narcotics trafficking and against smuggling
  • Land and sea patrols and search
  • protection of intellectual property rights
Working hours

48 hours a week, work in shifts

Working environment

Mainly work in Hong Kong, sometimes may require to work outside Hong Kong

Personality
Be logical
Responsible
Promotion and reference salary
Customs officer
From $21,285
Senior customs officer
From $30,315
Chief customs officer
From $38,910
Customs inspector
From $34,825
Senior customs inspector
From $72,465
Assistant superintendent
From $87,460

Note: Salary according to pay scale of disciplined services (effective 1 April 2018).

Entry requirements
  • Pass an eyesight test
  • Pass a selection process

 Customs Officer

  • Level 2 or equivalent or above in five subjects (including Chinese and English Languages) in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent
  • Fluent in Cantonese

Customs Inspector:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Hong Kong university, or equivalent and meet the language proficiency requirements of Level 1 results in the two language papers (Use of Chinese and Use of English) in the Common Recruitment Examination, or equivalent
  • A Higher Diploma / Associate Degree in Hong Kong Colleges / Registered Post-secondary Diploma and a Level 2 or above in Chinese Language and English Language in the Secondary School Diploma, or equivalent
  • Level 3 or equivalent or above in five subjects and Level 2 or equivalent or above in Chinese and English languages in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent
  • Fluent in Cantonese and English
Duties

Correctional Services Department has two entry levels, which are Assistant Officer II and Officer. The main duties are as follows:

  • Supervise persons under custody, young persons in a training/rehabilitation centre and drug dependants in a drug addiction treatment centre
  • Supervise illegal immigrants
  • Provide a Rehabilitation Program Plan for persons under custody
  • Work in penal institution internal hospital or rehabilitation centre
  • Execute other duties in penal institutions
Working hours

48 hours a week

Working environment

Always get contact with prisoners and offenders, responsible for supervision and teaching

Personality
Responsible
Leadership skills
Promotion and reference salary
Assistant officer II
From $20,090
Assistant officer I
From $30,315
Officer
From $32,370
Senior officer
From $68,520
Chief officer
From $82,500

Note: Salary according to pay scale of disciplined services (effective 1 April 2018).

Entry requirements
  • Fluent in Cantonese and English
  • Pass the Physical Fitness Test

Assistant Officer II

  • Level 2 or equivalent or above in three subjects (including Chinese and English Languages) in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent
  • Has to undergo a 23-week residential initial training at the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department

Officer

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Hong Kong university, or equivalent and Level 1 result in Common Recruitment Examination (CRE), or equivalent
  • A Higher Diploma / Associate Degree in Hong Kong Colleges / Registered Post-secondary Diploma and a Level 2 or above in Chinese Language and English Language in the Secondary School Diploma, or equivalent
  • The Nursing Council of Hong Kong – Practising certificate (Part 2), or equivalent
  • Level 3 or equivalent or above in four subjects and Level 2 or above of Chinese and English Languages in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Higher Diploma in Social Work, or equivalent
  • Has to undergo a 26-week residential initial training at the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department
Duties

Air crewman officer serves as the frontline rescuer and provides support for the rescue team in the air. The main duties are as follows:

  • Serve as a winch and helicopter rescuer
  • Conduct Search and rescue operations, transport the wounded, and extinguish the fire
  • Support other government departments such as the Home Affairs Department, the Marine Department, the Civil Aviation Department and the Information Services Department
  • Assist the Marine Department in inspecting vessels suspected of discharging oil in Hong Kong waters
Working hours

44 hours a week, after typhoon or other natural disasters, the flight service team may work longer

Working environment

Rescue operations in the air and sea with bad weather conditions, work closely with the pilot

Personality
Responsible
Helpful
Promotion and reference salary
Air crewman officer III
From $24,235
Air crewman officer II
From $62,705
Air crewman officer I
From $82,500

Note: Salary according to pay scale of disciplined services (effective 1 April 2018).

Entry requirements
  • Level 3 or equivalent or above in five subjects, including Mathematics and a science subject, in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent
  • Level 3 or above in Mathematics and a science subject, and Level 2 or equivalent or above in three other subjects in the HKDSEE, or equivalent
  • Pass the physical fitness test and eyesight test
  • Pass the Air Crewman Officer aptitude test
  • Pass the Air Crewman Officer medical examination
  • Pass a swimming test, including assessment on water rescue ability
Duties

Pilot needs to be trained with intensive trainings and years of experience to become a professional pilot. The main duties are as follows:

 

  • Conduct search and rescue operations, transport the injured
  • Combat crimes and fight hill fires
  • Support other government departments such as the Home Affairs Department, the Marine Department, the Civil Aviation Department and the Information Services Department
Working hours

44 hours a week, after typhoon or other natural disasters, the flight service team may work longer

Working environment

Rescue operations in the air and sea with bad weather condition

Personality
Responsible
Be logical
Promotion and reference salary
Cadet pilot
From $29,740
Pilot II
From $56,325
Pilot I
From $87,460

Note: Salary according to pay scale of disciplined services (effective 1 April 2018).

Entry requirements
  • Level 3 or equivalent or above in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics , in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent
  • Pass a medical examination in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation standards and have good vision
  • Pass a pilot technical written test and a pilot aptitude test
  • Possess good communication skills, including both spoken and written English
  • Be a team player
  • Be amenable to discipline and willing to work in shifts
Duties

There are over 700 officers in the Administrative Service working in 13 bureaus and over 30 departments. The main duties are as follows:

 

  • Assist in the formulation of Government policies closely related to the well-being of society and the control and monitoring of the use of public resources
  • Steer and co-ordinate provision of government services and facilities in the district, and represent the Government at the frontline and oversee community building programmes
  • Provide quality management and steer the delivery of services to the public
Working hours

44 hours a week

Working environment

Transferred once every two to three years, able to work with different levels and departments

Personality
Be logical
Responsible
Promotion and reference salary
Administrative officer
From $55,705
Senior administrative officer
From $70,590
Administrative Officer Staff Grade C (D2)
From $133,100

Note: Salary according to pay scale of civil services (effective 1 April 2018).

Entry requirements
  • A first or second class honours bachelor’s degree from a Hong Kong university, or equivalent
  • A pass in the Aptitude Test in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE)
  • A good command of both Chinese and English and have met the language proficiency requirements of Level 2 results in the two language papers (Use of Chinese and Use of English) in the CRE, or equivalent
Examples of related training and courses
Duties

There are over 3,000 officers in the Administrative Service working in different bureaus and departments. The main duties are as follows:

  • Discharge a full range of HRM functions including recruitment, training and development
  • Plan, allocate manage financial resources and exercise control over revenue
  • Provision of a wide range of general administration services including office accommodation, building management, departmental transport services, etc.
  • Conduct internal audit and system development duties, and coordinate the planning and implementation of projects.
  • Delivery of licensing and registration services, provision of secretariat support to various boards and councils
Working hours

44 hours a week

Working environment

Transferred once every two to three years, able to work with different levels and departments

Personality
Be logical
Responsible
Promotion and reference salary
Executive officer II
From $30,165
Executive officer I
From $55,705
Senior executive officer
From $70,590

Note: Salary according to pay scale of civil services (effective 1 April 2018).

Entry requirements
  • A bachelor’s degree from a Hong Kong university, or equivalent
  • A pass in the Aptitude Test in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE)
  • A good command of both Chinese and English and have met the language proficiency requirements of Level 2 results in the two language papers (Use of Chinese and Use of English) in the CRE or equivalent
Duties

There are approximately 26,000 clerical and secretarial grades. The main duties are as follows:

  • Provide a variety of paperwork for different departments in such areas as personnel, finance, licensing and bankruptcy management
  • Provide general support and frontline services such as viewing and judging data integrity
Working hours

44 hours a week

Working environment

May need to change to different working areas or bureaus

Personality
Attention to details
Responsible
Promotion and reference salary
Assistant clerical officer
From $13,870
Clerical officer
From $30,165
Senior clerical officer
From $40,420

Note: Salary according to pay scale of civil services (effective 1 April 2018).

Entry requirements
  • Level 2 or equivalent or above in five subjects (including Chinese, English, Mathematics) in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent
  • Pass in both Chinese and English word processing speed test
  • Ability to use the application of common business software including Microsoft Office Word 2013 and Excel 2013
Duties
  • Mainly responsible for anti-terrorism work, VIP protection and disaster response at the airport
  • Maintenance of public and aviation safety in the Airport Police area
  • Protect the airport police area, the special police unit carries out various types of high-profile patrols on a daily basis, including mobile patrols, tactical patrols, high-altitude patrols, water patrols and anti-terrorism patrols
Working hours

About 48 hours per week and work in shiftMainly work at the airport

Working environment

Mainly work at the airport

Personality
Attention to details
Good time management
Patient
Helpful
Responsible
Promotion and reference salary
Police officer
From $24,110
Senior police officer
From $38,580
Airport special police
From $42,665

Note: Salary according to pay scale for Police officers (effective 1 April 2018).

Entry requirements
  • Pass physical and visual tests
  • Able to read and write Chinese and speak Cantonese fluently
  • Up to the physique standard:
    -male candidates: at least 1.63m height and 50kg weight.
    -female candidates: minimum height of 1.52 m and weight of 42 kg
  • Grade 2 or above in at least 5 subjects (including Chinese language and English language) in the secondary school diploma examination, or equivalent
  • 27 weeks of basic training required
  • Internal recruitment, two rounds of selection after interview
  • First round: basic physical fitness (for a period of one day) including 10 physical fitness tests, including at least 18 lug ups, 150 lb bench lifts, and so on
  • Round 2: basic selection (4 days) including physical fitness, tactics, psychological resilience test, resilience, firearms, stress management, etc
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