Recruit Ref: G10455
Posting Date: 2018-11-09
Information Services Department
Assistant Information Officer (General)-(Civil)
Job Description
Assistant Information Officers (General) work in the fields of news services, publicity and public relations in Information Services Department, Secretariat Press Offices or Departmental Information Public Relations Units. They are mainly responsible for media research; information dissemination and media arrangements; publicity and promotions and emergency duties. They may be required to work shift.

General Notes: (a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise.
(b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.
(c) Civil service vacancies are posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates selected for these vacancies will be appointed on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service and will become civil servants on appointment.
(d) The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(e) The information on the maximum pay point is for reference only and may be subject to changes.
(f) Fringe benefits include paid leave, medical and dental benefits, and where appropriate, assistance in housing.
(g) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend written examination and/or interview(s).
(h) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the selection written examination/interview(s) without being subject to further shortlisting.
(i) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the below enquiry address.
(j) Towards the application deadline, our on-line system would likely be overloaded due to large volume of applications. To ensure timely completion of your on-line application, it is advisable to submit the application as early as possible.
(a)a bachelor’s degree from a Hong Kong university, or equivalent [Note 1]; and
(b)a pass result in the Aptitude Test in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) [Notes 2 & 3]; and
(c)met the language proficiency requirements of Level 2 results in the two language papers [Note 2] (Use of Chinese [Note 4] and Use of English [Notes 4 & 5]) in the CRE [Note 3], or equivalent; and be able to communicate effectively in Chinese and English.

Assistant Information Officer (General) Written Examination
Applicants are required to sit an Assistant Information Officer (General) written examination to be conducted in Hong Kong by Information Services Department. The examination date will be posted to Information Services Department website ( Only those who have passed the examination will be further considered for the selection interview(s). Candidates who are selected for the written examination/selection interview(s) will receive an invitation by post/email. Candidates who are not invited to attend the written examination within three months from the closing date may assume their applications unsuccessful.

Basic Law Assessment
For the purpose of heightening public awareness of the Basic Law (BL) and promoting a culture of learning of BL in the community, applicants for civil service jobs will be assessed on their BL knowledge. The BL test result for degree/professional grades will constitute an appropriate weighting in a candidate’s overall assessment.

Note: (1)Current final year undergraduates may also apply; if selected, appointment will be subject to their obtaining the requisite academic qualification within the current academic year (i.e. 2018/19).
(2)Candidates’ results in the Aptitude Test (AT) paper of the CRE are classified as Pass or Fail, while the results of the Use of Chinese (UC) and Use of English (UE) papers of the CRE are classified as Level 2, Level 1 or Fail, with Level 2 being the highest. Level 2 and Level 1 results of the two language papers and Pass result of the AT paper obtained from December 2006 onwards are of permanent validity. Applicants with valid requisite results in the AT, UC and UE papers obtained in previous CREs as well as being able to communicate effectively in Chinese and English are deemed to have met the entry requirements (b) and (c) of the post.
(3)Applicants who do not possess the requisite CRE results, or equivalent, but have filed an application for the CRE and Basic Law Test (Degree/Professional Grades) to be held on 8 December 2018 in Beijing and six overseas cities may also apply for this post. Their applications will be processed subject to their obtaining the requisite CRE results in the aforesaid examination.
(4)Level 5 or above in Chinese Language of Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE); or Grade C or above in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE), are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UC paper of the CRE. Level 5 or above in English Language of the HKDSEE; or Grade C or above in Use of English of the HKALE or English Language of the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) (GCE A Level), are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UE paper of the CRE.
(5)Applicants with an overall band of 6.5 or above with no subtest score below band 6 obtained in the same sitting in the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the two-year validity period of the test result are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UE Paper of the CRE. The IELTS test result must be valid on any date during the application period (i.e. from 9 to 22 November 2018).

Terms of Appointment: A new recruit will normally be appointed on civil service probationary terms for three years. Upon passage of probation bar, he/she may be considered for appointment on the prevailing permanent terms.
Salary: Master Pay Scale Point 14 ($28,725) per month to Master Pay Scale Point 27 ($53,195) per month
Apply Method
Application Forms (G.F. 340 [(Rev. 3/2013)]) are obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centres of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau's website (

Applications submitted in person or by post should reach Human Resource Management Section of Information Services Department, Room 708, 7/F, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong on or before 22 November 2018 (the postmark date on the envelope will be regarded as the date of submission of application). Please specify the title of the post being applied for on the envelope. To avoid delayed or unsuccessful delivery of applications by post, please ensure that the correct address is clearly printed or written on the envelope and sufficient postage has been affixed before posting. Mail items bearing insufficient postage will not be delivered to this Department and will be returned to the sender or disposed of by the Hongkong Post, where appropriate. Applicants will bear any consequences arising from paying insufficient postage. Applicants may also apply online through the Civil Service Bureau’s website ( Applications submitted by fax or e-mail will not be accepted.

Enquiry Address: Human Resource Management Section of Information Services Department at Room 708, 7/F, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong

Enquiry Telephone: 28428643

Closing Date:22/11/2018

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