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Hong Kong – Government lowers language requirement for jobs so more ethnic minorities can qualify

12 March 2018

The Hong Kong government has lowered its Chinese language requirement for 22 types of government jobs so that it can recruit more ethnic minorities, according to Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung.

The 22 newly adjusted civil servant posts include occupations such as programmers and treasury accountants. Other types of jobs involving technical or operational duties such as laboratory attendant in the government laboratory, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, would also see language requirements lowered.

Cheung said that excluding foreign domestic helpers, there are more than 250,000 ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, which is approximately 4% of the population.

In a budget speech last month, Hong Kong Finance chief Paul Chan Mo-po announced a HKD 500 million (USD 63.8 million) allocation to enhance support to ethnic minorities. Cheung said the amount would be used to promote their upward mobility.

Cheung also called on public companies and corporations to boost support to ethnic minorities and promote equal opportunities in employment.

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