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MD expresses gratitude to Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries and Conditions of Service for reviewing structures of two professional grades
     The Marine Department (MD) is pleased to note that the Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries and Conditions of Service has submitted its report on the Grade Structure Review of the two professional grades of the MD to the Chief Executive today (October 31). The Director of Marine, Ms Maisie Cheng, expressed gratitude to the Standing Commission for carrying out a comprehensive review of the grade structures of the two professional grades, i.e. the Marine Officer and Surveyor of Ships grades.

     The Marine Officer and Surveyor of Ships grades, the two core professional grades of the department, have been facing persistent recruitment difficulties. "I am grateful that the Standing Commission has conducted in-depth analysis of the situation and put forward pragmatic proposals. I hope the recommendations can be implemented as soon as possible to help alleviate manpower shortage and resolve the succession issues of the two grades fundamentally," Ms Cheng said.

     The MD acknowledges the recommendations proposed by the Standing Commission in its report to step up efforts to attract young candidates including those who are eager to participate in the maritime industry to apply for the jobs and join the department. The MD agrees that young officers can get relevant expertise and accumulate working experience through designated internal training programmes, which will enable them to acquire the necessary professional knowledge and attain the required level of competency, and eventually rise to the challenge to take up the full range of professional duties of the department.

     "I shall work closely with the Civil Service Bureau to examine the report recommendations and look forward to implementing the recommendations at the soonest to further enhance the efficiency and quality of our services to the public," Ms Cheng added.
Ends/Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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