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Job Corner for Non-Ethnic Chinese

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16-04-2024

Government Job Opportunities for Non-Ethnic Chinese

Non-ethnic Chinese have equal access to government job opportunities

Appointment to the civil service is based on the principle of open and fair competition.  All candidates are assessed on the basis of their ability, performance and character, and having regard to the stipulated entry requirements set according to the job requirements of the grade concerned.

Non-ethnic Chinese applicants, like all others, have equal access to government job opportunities.  Heads of Department / Grade, having regard to the job requirements of the grades under their respective purview, specify appropriate Chinese and English language proficiency requirements (LPRs) as part of the entry requirements for the grades concerned.  This arrangement is in line with the guidance of the Equal Opportunities Commission issued in accordance with the Race Discrimination Ordinance.

 

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Language Proficiency Requirements for Civil Service Jobs

It is the established policy to maintain a biliterate (Chinese and English) and trilingual (Cantonese, Putonghua and English) Civil Service in order to meet the long-term operational and development needs.  The language proficiency requirements of civil service grades are normally laid down as part of the entry requirements for recruitment –

  1. for degree / professional grades, the language proficiency requirements are normally set at either Level 2 or Level 1 in the two language papers (viz. Use of Chinese (UC) and Use of English (UE)) in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE), or equivalent [Note 1]
  2. for non-degree grades with academic qualification requirements at the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) level or above, the language proficiency requirements are normally at least Level 2 in Chinese Language and English Language subjects in the HKCEE, or equivalent [Note 2];
  3. for non-degree grades with academic qualification requirements lower than the HKCEE level, the language proficiency requirements are normally aligned with the minimum academic qualification prescribed for the concerned grades; and
  4. for non-degree grades that do not have any prescribed academic qualification, the language proficiency requirements are also set at a level commensurate with the job requirements of the concerned grades.

Language proficiency requirements of particular grades will be shown at the relevant recruitment advertisements.  Applicants are normally required to meet the language proficiency requirements before job applications.  Enquiries on the language proficiency requirements and recruitment plan of particular grades can be directed to the recruiting grades / departments.


 

[Note 1]

Language Proficiency Requirements

Some examples of examination results which equivalent to certain level in the UE or UC paper of the CRE

Level 2 in the UE paper of the CRE
  • Level 5 or above in English Language of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE)
  • Grade C or above in Use of English of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) or in English Language of the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) (GCE A Level)
  • An overall band of 6.5 or above with no subtest score below band 6 obtained in the same sitting in the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the 2-year validity period of the test
Level 2 in the UC paper of the CRE
  • Level 5 or above in Chinese Language of the HKDSEE
  • Grade C or above in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the HKALE
Level 1 in the UE paper of the CRE
  • Level 4 in English Language of the HKDSEE
  • Grade D in Use of English of the HKALE or in English Language of the GCE A Level
Level 1 in the UC paper of the CRE
  • Level 4 in Chinese Language of the HKDSEE
  • Grade D in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the HKALE

 

[Note 2]

For civil service appointment purpose, Grade C and Grade E in Chinese Language and English Language (Syllabus B) in HKCEE before 2007 are accepted administratively as comparable to Level 3 and Level 2 respectively in Chinese Language and English Language in the 2007 HKCEE and henceforth.  Grade C and Grade D in Chinese Language and English Language in International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) / General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) / General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level)(GCE O Level) are accepted as comparable to Level 3 and Level 2 in Chinese Language and English Language respectively in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) / HKCEE for civil service appointments.  "Attained" and "Attained with Distinction" results in the Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) subject is accepted respectively as meeting the Chinese language proficiency requirements of Level 2 and Level 3 in Chinese Language in HKDSEE.

 

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Latest Civil Service Vacancies with Lowered / Relatively Lower Language Proficiency Requirements

Please note that the following list of job vacancies only serves as a summary for easy reference. For full details and the latest position of the listed job vacancies, please visit the online Government Vacancies Enquiry system on the Civil Service Bureau website at https://www.csb.gov.hk and follow the application procedures as specified in the recruitment advertisements to apply for the jobs. You may also view the details of the listed job vacancies through the "Government Vacancies" Mobile Application (App), which can be downloaded from Google Play, Apple App Store and HUAWEI AppGallery for free.

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Veterinary Officer
Veterinary Officer
Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
Job No. 47912

Academic Requirement

Professional qualification (Note: Final year university students may also apply.)

Chinese Language Proficiency Requirement

Level 2 or above in Chinese Language in HKDSEE or HKCEE.

Salary

HK$72,180 per month

Application Deadline

19/04/2024 23:59

Assistant Officer II
Assistant Officer II
Correctional Services Department
Job No. 47908

Academic Requirement

Certificate; or HKDSEE or HKCEE results; or Secondary 5

Chinese Language Proficiency Requirement

Level 2 or above in Chinese Language in HKDSEE or HKCEE, or have a pass result in the Assistant Officer II Language Test, and able to speak fluent Cantonese.

Salary

Entry point HK$23,365 -HK$25,800 per month

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted all year round until further notice.

Dental Officer
Dental Officer
Department of Health
Job No. 45772

Academic Requirement

Professional qualification

Chinese Language Proficiency Requirement

'Level 1' result in the Use of Chinese paper in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) and able to speak fluent Cantonese. (Note: Applicants without the requisite CRE results, or equivalent, but have met the other entry requirements may also apply. Candidates who do not have Level 1 in the Use of Chinese paper of the CRE by the time of appointment may also be appointed. However, only a limited number of applicants who do not possess the requisite Chinese language proficiency but are able to speak fluent Cantonese may be appointed subject to the operational needs of the Department.)

Salary

HK$68,940 per month

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted all year round until further notice.

Medical and Health Officer
Medical and Health Officer
Department of Health
Job No. 47554

Academic Requirement

Professional qualification

Chinese Language Proficiency Requirement

'Level 1' result in the Use of Chinese paper in the Common Recruitment Examination and able to speak fluent Cantonese. (Note: Applicants without the requisite CRE results, or equivalent, but have met the other entry requirements may also apply. Candidates who do not have Level 1 in the Use of Chinese paper of the CRE by the time of appointment may also be appointed. However, only a limited number of applicants who do not possess the requisite Chinese language proficiency but are able to speak fluent Cantonese may be appointed subject to the operational needs of the Department.)

Salary

HK$75,585 per month

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted all year round until further notice.

Special Driver
Special Driver
Government Logistics Department
Job No. 47955

Academic Requirement

Nil

Chinese Language Proficiency Requirement

Able to speak fluent Cantonese and read simple Chinese; and write simple Chinese or simple English

Salary

HK$22,895 per month

Application Deadline

02/05/2024 23:59

Police Constable
Police Constable
Hong Kong Police Force
Job No. 47141

Academic Requirement

HKDSEE results; or HKCEE results (Note: Final year undergraduate students graduating in the academic year of 2024 and penultimate year undergraduate students graduating in the academic year of 2025 may also apply.)

Chinese Language Proficiency Requirement

Level 2 or above in Chinese Language in HKDSEE or HKCEE, or have a pass result in the Chinese language test for Police Constable recruitment exercise; and able to read and write Chinese and speak fluent Cantonese.

Salary

HK$28,095 per month

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted all year round until further notice.

Police Inspector
Police Inspector
Hong Kong Police Force
Job No. 47142

Academic Requirement

(a)(i) Degree; or (a)(ii) Degree, or Higher Deploma, or Associate Degree, or Diploma; or (a)(iii) HKALE results plus HKCEE results, or HKDSEE results (Note: Final year undergraduate students graduating in the academic year of 2024 and penultimate year undergraduate students graduating in the academic year of 2025 may also apply.)

Chinese Language Proficiency Requirement

(a)(i) "Level 1" result in the Use of Chinese paper in CRE; or (a)(ii)&(iii) Level 2 or above in Chinese Language in HKDSEE or the HKCEE, or have a pass result in the Chinese language test for Police Inspector recruitment exercise; and (b) able to read and write Chinese and speak fluent Cantonese.

Salary

Entry point HK$50,500-HK$53,850 per month

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted all year round until further notice.

Workman I (Plumber)
Workman I (Plumber)
Hong Kong Police Force
Job No. 47852

Academic Requirement

Nil

Chinese Language Proficiency Requirement

Able to communicate in Cantonese/ Chinese; read simple Chinese; and write simple Chinese or simple English

Salary

HK$15,690 per month

Application Deadline

18/04/2024 23:59

Assistant Curator II in Art Work Type
Assistant Curator II in Art Work Type
Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Job No. 47951

Academic Requirement

Degree

Chinese Language Proficiency Requirement

'Level 1' result in the Use of Chinese paper in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE)

Salary

HK$32,430 per month

Application Deadline

18/04/2024 23:59

Assistant Manager, Cultural Services
Assistant Manager, Cultural Services
Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Job No. 47957

Academic Requirement

Degree

Chinese Language Proficiency Requirement

'Level 1' result in the Use of Chinese paper in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) and be fluent in spoken Cantonese

Salary

HK$32,430 per month

Application Deadline

18/04/2024 23:59

Clerical Assistant
Clerical Assistant
Various Government Bureaux and Departments
Job No. 47657

Academic Requirement

Secondary 4

Chinese Language Proficiency Requirement

Secondary 4 standard

Salary

HK$14,735 per month

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted all year round until further notice.

[Note]

  1. For civil service appointment purpose, Grade C and Grade E in Chinese Language in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) before 2007 are accepted administratively as comparable to Level 3 and Level 2 respectively in Chinese Language in the 2007 HKCEE and henceforth.
  2. Grade C and Grade D in Chinese Language in International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) / General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) / General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level)(GCE O Level) are accepted as comparable to Level 3 and Level 2 in Chinese Language respectively in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) / HKCEE for civil service appointments.
  3. "Attained" and "Attained with Distinction" results in the Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) subject is accepted respectively as meeting the Chinese language proficiency requirements of Level 2 and Level 3 in Chinese Language in HKDSEE.

 

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