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Government revises civil servant system

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The government will revise the senior civil servant examination and promotion system to encourage people who have doctoral degrees to work in the government, the Examination Yuan said on Thursday.

The changes are being made as over the years the number of examinees who pass the test has become lower than the number of vacancies available, Examination Yuan Secretary-General Lin Shui-chi (林水吉) said.

Lin told a press conference that the Examination Yuan had reached a consensus on the revision with the Cabinet at a meeting on Wednesday.

Under the current system, people who pass exams to become first level senior civil servants are elevated to officers at the junior rank of grade nine and cannot be promoted to a senior rank of grade ten until serving for at least five years.

The proposed revision would limit the examinees for first level senior civil servants to people with doctoral degrees only and recruit them as officers in a senior rank of grade ten after they receive training for a period of three to six months.

“Over the years, there has been a serious loss of senior civil servants. Revising the promotion system will provide incentives for talented people to take the exams and enhance government efficiency,” Minister of Examination Yung Chaur-shin (楊朝祥) said.

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