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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Government Career Fair held at HKU

Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung today toured the Government Career Fair being held at the University of Hong Kong campus, and called on students to apply to join the civil service and serve the public.   Mrs Yeung explained that different Government departments and grades recruit a large number of staff every year, offering young people a wide range of job opportunities with reasonable remuneration and conditions of service, in addition to stable career development over the long term.   These posts, she added, are suitable for university students who aspire to contribute to Hong Kong’s development and wish to take up different challenges.   Twenty-one bureaus and departments took part in the fair, posting staff on-site to address enquiries from students.   Grades and roles covered by the fair included Administrative Officer (AO), Executive Officer II (EOII), Assistant Labour Officer II (ALOII), Management Services Officer II (MSOII), Transport Officer II (TOII), Landscape Architect, Town Planner, Statistician, Building Surveyor, Structural Engineer, Survey Officer, Analyst/Programmer II, Assistant Programme Officer, Assistant Curator II, education-related posts, and various positions in the disciplined services.   Mrs Yeung highlighted that different positions in the Government have different requirements, and advised that students interested in joining the civil service should find out more and prepare themselves for the application process.   She reminded students that the joint recruitment exercise for six civil service grades, namely AO, EOII, ALOII, Assistant Trade Officer II, MSOII and TOII, will be launched on September 16. In addition to students due to graduate in 2024, undergraduates who plan to graduate in 2025 can also apply for positions this year.   She also noted that candidates who wish to apply for the six civil service grades must attain the required results in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) and the Basic Law & National Security Law Test (BLNST).   In previous years, she said, some candidates realised in October, after applying to undertake the joint recruitment exercise, that they had missed the CRE, meaning their applications could not then proceed.   Mrs Yeung said that this year the Government will arrange for eligible applicants who have applied for any of the abovementioned six civil service grades – but who have yet to attain the required CRE and BLNST results – to sit for those examinations at a later date, tentatively December 2.

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