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The Hong Kong SAR Government offers numerous job opportunities with many of them suitable for new graduates. Here you can learn about current government job vacancies for both civil service posts and non-civil service positions, the differences between them, and how to apply.

Where to Look for Government Job Vacancies

There are two types of Government job vacancies – civil service and non-civil service. Civil service vacancies are posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates selected for these jobs will be recruited on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service. They will become civil servants upon appointment. Candidates appointed to non-civil service positions are not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any post within the civil service. They also have different terms of appointment and conditions of service.

Generally speaking, new recruits to either type of job must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong SAR. You can find both types of vacancies online. The Government Vacancies Enquiry System covers both civil service and non-civil service openings. The Interactive Employment Service of the Labour Department lists only non-civil service vacancies.

Government job vacancies can generally be found on individual departmental websites.

Government vacancies may also be advertised through local newspapers.

How to Apply for Government Job Vacancies

Most vacancies require applications to be made on Form G.F. 340. You can obtain a copy of this form at any Public Enquiry Service Centre of District Offices of the Home Affairs Department or any Job Centre of the Employment Services Division of the Labour Department.

The form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau’s website. For civil service vacancies, online application can also be made through this website.

Qualification Requirements and Assessment

The qualification requirements for civil service posts normally refer to qualifications from the Hong Kong education system or from local institutions. However, even if you hold non-local qualifications, you can still apply. You will be considered if your qualifications are assessed as comparable in standard to the entry qualification requirements of the post you are applying for.

Selection for Appointment

Recruitment Examinations

Applicants for civil service posts and non-civil service positions may be required to sit for a written examination and/or other examinations conducted by the recruiting grades / departments to assess their competencies in the requisite skills and attributes and hence their suitability for appointment. The need for an examination is usually spelt out in the recruitment advertisements.

Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants for civil service posts at degree or professional level are generally required to obtain either Level 2 or Level 1 in the Use of English (UE) and Use of Chinese (UC) papers in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE), or equivalent.

For civil service posts with general academic qualifications set below degree level, individual recruiting grades / departments will stipulate, in the relevant job advertisements, the language proficiency requirements of the posts concerned. In general, for posts with academic requirements set at Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) / Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) level, applicants should attain at least Level 2 in Chinese Language and English Language in the HKDSEE / HKCEE, or equivalent.

Assessment of Basic Law Knowledge

All candidates applying for civil service jobs advertised from 1 September 2008 onwards will be assessed on their Basic Law knowledge. The assessment result will not affect a candidate’s eligibility for applying for a civil service job but will be one of the considerations to assess the suitability of a candidate. As a general principle, the main considerations for suitability for appointment remain a candidate's qualifications, experience and calibre. Tests on Basic Law knowledge will be set according to the different academic qualifications stipulated for different types of civil service jobs. Candidates will be assessed on the Basic Law through written tests or interviews.

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