HK$4,170 per session for the first five hours and HK$834 per hour thereafter
(a) have a bachelor’s degree from a university in Hong Kong, or equivalent [Note 1]; (b) have attained Level 3 or above in Chinese Language and English Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination or Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE), or equivalent [Note 2]; (c) be fully proficient in Chinese (Cantonese and preferably Putonghua) and English; (d) have the ability to interpret simultaneously with precision and at a great speed from English into Cantonese (and preferably Putonghua), and vice versa; and (e) have a fair understanding of the organisation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and be knowledgeable in current affairs.
(Remarks: Applicants will be required to pass the Simultaneous Interpretation Test (SIT) [details given in the paragraph below].)
Simultaneous Interpretation Test (SIT): The SIT consists of two phases and will be conducted in Hong Kong. Eligible applicants will be invited to sit for Phase 1 of SIT, which is tentatively scheduled for March 2015. Phase 1 of SIT consists of simultaneous interpretation aided with text. Applicants who have passed Phase 1 will be invited to attend a briefing/practice session for Phase 2 of SIT in late April 2015. Phase 2 of SIT, which consists of three parts, namely simultaneous interpretation of ad-lib discussions and speeches and speech giving, is tentatively scheduled for early May 2015. During Phase 2 of SIT, applicants must pass each part of the test before they could proceed to the next part. Applicants are required to pass the SIT before they will be further considered for selection interviews. Those who have failed in any phase of SIT will be notified in writing around eight weeks after the test. As it takes time to process all applications, an invitation to the SIT does not imply that applicants’ qualifications meet the entry requirements.
(1) 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 degree certificates and official transcripts by post or by fax to the address below. Copies of local qualification documents are not required at this stage of application.
(2) Grade ‘C’ in Chinese Language and English Language (Syllabus B) in previous HKCEE are accepted administratively as comparable to ‘Level 3’ in the 2007 HKCEE and henceforth.
To provide simultaneous interpretation service at meetings of the Legislative Council, District Councils and other Government boards and committees and at press conferences, conferences, functions and visits.
Terms of Appointment:
Part-time Simultaneous Interpreters are not members of the Civil Service and will not be entitled to any of the fringe benefits enjoyed by civil servants. They will be called upon only when their services are required.
(a) Non-civil service vacancies are not posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates appointed are not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service. Candidates appointed are not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the Civil Service. (b) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment. (c) 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 requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race. (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) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, shortlisting criteria may be devised to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the SIT and interview. (f) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements (including a pass in SIT), he/she will be invited to attend the selection interview without being subject to further shortlisting . (g) To ensure timely submission of on-line applications, candidates are strongly advised to complete their on-line application as early as possible in order to avoid any last-minute rush of applications which may overload the on-line system.
How to apply:
Application must be made on the form G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013) which is obtainable from any Public Enquiry Service 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 (http://www.csb.gov.hk).
Completed forms must reach the address below on or before the closing date for application (the postmark date on the envelope will be regarded as the date of submission of application). Please specify on the envelope ‘Application for the post of Part-time Simultaneous Interpreter’. Please ensure that sufficient postage is paid. An applicant will bear any consequences arising from not paying sufficient postage.
On-line application can also be made through Civil Service Bureau’s website (http://www.csb.gov.hk). For on-line applicants with non-local academic qualifications, copies of their degree certificates and official transcripts of studies should be forwarded to the address below by post or by fax (Fax no.: 2524 2965) on or before the closing date. They should quote the on-line application number on the envelope (by post) and every page of the copies of the documents (by post and by fax).
Applicants who are selected for the SIT will normally receive an invitation in eight to ten weeks from the closing date for application. Those who are not invited for the SIT may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.
Staff Management Registry, Official Languages Division, Civil Service Bureau, Room 2331, 23/F, High Block, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong
2867 4793 / 2867 4833
Newspaper(s) Advertised and Date(s):
Ming Pao (5 December 2014) and South China Morning Post (6 and 13 December 2014)