A decade from now, nearly 7,000 civil servants will be retiring each year – almost twice the number last year.
That is according to the latest civil service figures submitted to the Legislative Council, which show that 3,900 staff retired last year.
Secretary for the Civil Service Denise Yue Chung-yee insisted the government is on top of the situation and dismissed suggestions that there is a staffing gap in the service.
In response to lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan, who expressed fears of a staffing gap in the civil service, Yue said that different government departments have already implemented various training programs to guarantee smooth succession.
She said these include training and development opportunities for civil servants at all levels to enrich their exposure and enable them to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for promotion to senior posts.
Eligible are all full-time employees – including civil servants, non-civil service contract staff and political appointees who have done a minimum of 40 weeks’ continuous service. About 3,000 staff are expected to benefit each year.