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Job Corner for Non-Ethnic Chinese

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18-05-2022

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.

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.  It is Government policy to ensure the Chinese and English LPRs for all the grades of the civil service are no more than necessary for performance of the job, so that Non-ethnic Chinese, like other applicants, have equal access to government job opportunities.

 

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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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Dental Officer
Dental Officer
Department of Health
Job No. 45406

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 and English. (Note: Applicants without the requisite CRE results 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$64,270 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. 45401

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 and English. (Note: Applicants without the requisite CRE results 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$70,465 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. 45543

Academic Requirement

NA

Chinese Language Proficiency Requirement

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

Salary

HK$14,620 per month

Application Deadline

26/05/2022 23:59

Workman II
Workman II
Judiciary
Job No. 45495

Academic Requirement

Primary 6

Chinese Language Proficiency Requirement

Able to communicate in Chinese and simple English; able to read simple Chinese and simple English; and able to write simple Chinese or simple English.

Salary

HK$13,730 per month

Application Deadline

20/05/2022 17:00

Treasury Accountant
Treasury Accountant
Treasury
Job No. 45528

Academic Requirement

Professional qualification

Chinese Language Proficiency Requirement

‘Level 1’ in the Use of Chinese paper in the Common Recruitment Examination and able to speak fluent Cantonese and English.

Salary

HK$64,270 per month

Application Deadline

27/05/2022 23:59

[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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