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Recruit Ref: G12197
Posting Date: 2020-08-14
Accounting Officer II-(Civil)
Job Description
An Accounting Officer II is mainly deployed on performing accounting or related duties such as financial accounting, cost and management accounting, system development, internal audit, investigatory accounting, fund/loan management, financial monitoring and management of subvention/funding schemes, etc.

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 recruitment examination and/or interview.
(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 interview/written examination without being subject to further shortlisting. Applicants who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other applicants whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former. The Government policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet “Employ People Based on Their Abilities – Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities” which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureaus website at under “Administration of the Civil Service – Appointments”.
(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 contact 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.
Candidates should -
(a) (i) have a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from a Hong Kong university, or equivalent; or
(ii) be a registered student of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Qualification Programme (QP) and have completed the Associate Level of QP, or equivalent;
(b) have a ‘pass’ result in the Aptitude Test in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE)[Note 1]; and
(c) have met the language proficiency requirements of ‘Level 2’ result in the Use of English paper and ‘Level 1’ result in the Use of Chinese paper in the CRE, or equivalent [Note 1]; and be able to speak fluent Cantonese and English.

Recruitment Examination : Candidates are required to pass a written examination to be held tentatively on 11 October 2020 in Hong Kong before they will be further considered for selection interviews. The written examination is an English essay-type writing paper which aims at assessing candidates’ proficiency in written communication and organisation abilities.

As it takes time to process all applications, an invitation to the written examination does not imply that the candidate’s qualifications meet the entry requirements of the post of Accounting Officer II. In the light of the evolving situation with COVID-19, the Treasury may defer the written examination if the situation warrants. If the written examination is deferred, announcement will be made on the website of the Treasury.

Note: Note 1 : Candidates’ results in the Aptitude Test (AT) paper are classified as ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’, while the results of the Use of Chinese (UC) and Use of English (UE) papers are classified as ‘Level 2’, ‘Level 1’ or ‘Fail’, with ‘Level 2’ being the highest. The following examination results are accepted as equivalent to ‘Level 2’ in the UE paper of the CRE: (a) ‘Level 5’ or above in “English Language” of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE); (b) Grade ‘C’ or above in “Use of English” of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) or in “English Language” of the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) (GCE A Level); and (c) 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); the IELTS test result must be valid on any date during the application period (i.e. from 14 August 2020 to 28 August 2020). The following examination results are accepted as equivalent to ‘Level 1’ in the UC paper of the CRE: (a) ‘Level 4’ or above in “Chinese Language” of the HKDSEE; and (b) Grade ‘D’ or above in “Chinese Language and Culture” or “Chinese Language and Literature” of the HKALE.

Note 2 : 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 will constitute an appropriate weighting in a candidate’s overall assessment.

Note 3: The following applications will NOT be considered: (a) the applicant does not meet the entry requirements (including the CRE requirements and academic qualification); (b) the application and/or the required supporting documents are incomplete or not received by the Treasury on or before the deadline; and (c) the application is submitted by fax or e-mail.

Terms of Appointment: New appointees will be appointed on civil service probationary terms for three years. Upon passage of the probation bar, the officer may be considered for appointment on the prevailing permanent terms.
Salary: Master Pay Scale Point 14 ($30,235) to Master Pay Scale Point 27 ($55,995) per month
Apply Method
Application must be made on prescribed application form [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)] obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centre of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centre of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau's website ( Completed application form, together with copies of (i) letter on results of CRE and results of equivalent examinations, if applicable [Note 1]; (ii) letter on result of Basic Law test [Note 2]; (iii) official transcripts and certificates of academic qualifications; and (iv) certificates and examination status reports of professional qualifications, should be forwarded by post or by hand to the address below on or before the closing date for application. Please mark “Application for Accounting Officer II” on the envelope. (Remarks: For applications submitted by post, the postmark date on the envelope will be regarded as the date of application. Please ensure that sufficient postage is paid.) An acknowledgement receipt will be sent to the applicant by post.

On-line application can also be made through the Civil Service Bureau's website ( Candidates who apply on-line MUST SUBMIT THE REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS as mentioned above by post (see remarks in previous paragraph) or by hand to the address below ON OR BEFORE 4 September 2020. The online application number should be quoted on the envelope and on every page of the copies of the documents. An acknowledgement receipt will be sent to the applicant by email. [Note 3]

Applicants who do not receive an acknowledgement receipt shall consider that their application or the required supporting documents are not received by the Treasury on or before the deadline. Re-submissions will ONLY be considered if documentary proof showing that the application and/or the required supporting documents have been submitted to the Departmental Personnel Section of the Treasury on or before the deadline(e.g. proof of delivery of registered mail)can be provided on or before 11 September 2020. In view of possible service adjustment of Hongkong Post under the epidemic, applicants are encouraged to submit the application and/or supporting documents as early as possible.

Candidates who are invited to the written examination will normally receive an invitation in about four weeks from the closing date for application. Those who are not invited to the written examination may assume that their applications are unsuccessful. As invitations will be issued by post and by e-mail, applicants should provide accurate correspondence address and e-mail address and ensure that their e-mail accounts can receive incoming e-mails properly. Applicants should closely keep track of the progress of the recruitment exercise which will be available on

Contact Address: Departmental Personnel Section, the Treasury, 27/F., Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

Enquiry Telephone: 2829 5034

Closing Date:28/08/2020

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