By Poyi (Natalie) Leung
The government has planned a civil servant central recruitment mechanism and expects to announce details of the first-round of exams for the posts of ‘senior technician’ and ‘technical instructor’ in November.
The spokesperson of the Executive Council Leong Heng Teng said the system aims to ensure “uniform fairness” and “professionalism” in recruitment exams and also to “realise scientific and modern management of human resources in the public administration”.
The Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau (SAFP) will be given the power to establish the mechanism and organise and run exams, according to the draft of the administrative regulation.
SAFP director Jose Chu said apart from the ‘specialised’ career areas including the scopes of teachers, healthcare and public security that will not be subject to central recruitment, all job vacancies in the ‘general’ and ‘special’ career areas as well as individual labour contracts will be required to be filled through the new mechanism.
He said the mechanism will be opened to two career areas, namely ‘senior technician’ and ‘technical instructor’, in the first phase, adding that it is expected that all the 34 career areas will be covered at the end of 2013 or early 2014.
In other words, no more public departments will be able to launch their own recruitment exams after the central recruitment mechanism is fully implemented.
The administrative regulation will come into effect 30 days after being promulgated, according to the council spokesperson.
After that, Chu said various government departments will have to confirm their number of recruitment quotas, and the SAFP estimates to announce the first exam under the new system in November this year.
The public notice will include which career area (either ‘senior technician’ or ‘technical instructor’) is open for recruitment, the job category (for example legal affairs or public administration), the number of vacancies, the form of employment and job requirements, he added.
Leong pointed out that the existing civil servant recruitment system has been in place for 21 years and can “no longer respond to the demands from public workers and for the sustainable development in the public administration”.
He said the draft was prepared after consultations and research into relative regulations in other countries and regions.
The SAFP will form a committee made up of representatives from related departments to select the right candidates.
Meanwhile, a central training system has been proposed for civil servants who wish to pursue job promotion.
This will add one more requirement for receiving a promotion aside from the employee’s length of service and assessment of work performance.
The government said training can ensure that the civil servant has “enough capabilities” to handle a more senior post and also help “cultivate a culture of continuing education” in order to “provide higher quality of services to the public”.
On the other hand, an administrative regulation will be promulgated to revise the organisation and operations of the SAFP.
They have proposed that the bureau will have one more deputy director in addition to the current two, and its total number of personnel will jump from 349 to “nearly 600” in four years time, according to Chu.
The numbers of its departments will also be increased from 6 to 9 and sub-departments from 8 to 17 under the revised structure.
The bureau will also set up a public administration research centre to “coordinate and participate in related research of the government”, Chu said.