Resignations in civil service soar, Radio Television Hong Kong faces highest vacancy rate

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12th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Civil Service Bureau of Hong Kong has reported a significant uptick in resignations among civil servants, with over 10,000 departures recorded during the 2022-2023 period, a stark increase from the 8,500 noted in 2018-2019. Revealed on Friday, these figures highlight a concerning trend within the government workforce.

Particularly affected are younger employees and those in the earlier stages of their careers, with nearly 1,000 resignations coming from individuals under the age of 30 and roughly 3,000 from those who had been in service for less than a decade. The police force, a critical component of the civil service, saw the highest turnover, with 1,180 officers leaving, although this number is a decrease from the 2019-2020 peak of 1,802.

As of November of the previous year, the Hong Kong police force was grappling with a vacancy rate of 18 per cent. However, the highest vacancy rate was recorded at Radio Television Hong Kong, the city’s public broadcaster, which reported nearly a quarter of its positions as unfilled.