Nip in the meeting provided figures and pointed out that a total of 8,500 civil servants left the government in 2020/21. About 72 percent of them retired and a total of 1,863 resigned, in which over half resigned within their probation periods.
The data marked about a 20 percent increase in the resignation rate in 2019/20. Yet these resigned civil servants only occupy about 1.05 percent of all servants in the city, maintaining the rate at a low level, according to Nip.
For members of the administrative service, 14 people retired, 21 resigned and one switched to another position, Nip said. They left the government with different reasons, including families, health issues or employment at private firms.
Lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee questioned Nip that would it become difficult to recruit officers after the bill requiring civil servants to pledge allegiance to government was passed earlier.
Nip only pointed out that the government received 14,000 applications this year, about 2,000 forms more than last year. He also said the government will recruit 10,000 civil servants this year amid declining economy, in order to make up for the loss in manpower.
Another lawmaker Kwok Wai-keung challenged Nip whether civil servants positions offer attractive salary and benefit packages without the pension under new contracts. Nip replied that civil servants can still benefit from the civil service provident fund scheme.
He added that youngsters changed the culture of the workplace, with few of them will work in the same capacity until retirement.
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