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Hong Kong’s civil service sees record high number of resignations

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Hong Kong’s civil service has seen the highest number of resignations over the past year since the 1997 Handover. Over 1,800 civil service employees have resigned since mid-2020, according to official figures – around 200 resignations more than the preceding year.

The most recent figures mean that around 1 per cent of the civil service quit in the past year. Hong Kong has around 178,000 government workers as of the end of March.

Civil Servants going to work at the Central Government Offices. File photo: GovHK.

The bureau said the rise in resignations was conservative. “Although the departures of civil servants due to resignation have risen moderately in recent years, the percentage remained at a low level,” a report submitted by the Civil Service Bureau to the Legislative Council read.

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