Academic Personnel Structure
The University has adopted a three-rank structure for professoriate staff, comprising Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor. Named Professorships established with the support of endowments may also be awarded to professors of distinguished scholarship.
Housing benefits are available only for posts designated with the provision of such benefits. Eligible non-clinical appointees may be provided with the prevailing housing benefits under the ‘Staff Housing Assistance Package 2018’ (2018 Package) in the form of either (i) a Non-Accountable Housing Cash Allowance (NCA) or (ii) University Accommodation (UA) subject to availability of campus flats and at a contribution of 7.5% salary. The prevailing NCA rates are set out in the below table:
|Monthly salary of eligible appointees provided with housing benefits (HK$)|
(At April 1, 2018 Level)
|Housing benefit option(s)||NCA per month (HK$) |
(w.e.f. August 1, 2018)
|$115,475 and above||UA or NCA
|$105,555 – $115,474||UA or NCA
|$87,945 – $105,554||NCA||$18,000|
|$70,590 – $87,944(Appointees with salary on/above the Government MPS pt.34)||NCA||$14,400|
The rates of NCA per month shall be subject to upward, downward or no adjustment after annual reviews and be continuously applicable to both current and new benefit-recipients.
Notwithstanding the above, an appointee may instead be accorded housing benefits under the Home Financing Scheme (HFS) if he/she or his/her spouse has previously enjoyed HFS before joining the University.
As regards eligible clinical appointees, Monthly Fixed-Sum Cash Allowance and Housing Subsidy may be provided.
Provision of the above-mentioned housing benefits will be subject to the relevant University regulations, including the rules on the prevention of double housing benefits, and will be subject to review by the University from time to time.
The University provides academic leave (up to 66 working days in an academic year) to enable its teaching staff members to pursue short-term academic activities (e.g. conference attendance, research visits, professional training and development, as well as short-term exchange activities). Sabbatical leave will also be available for professoriate staff who has obtained substantive appointment at the University.
Under the University’s ‘Staff Medical Benefit Scheme 1999’, a full-time appointee will be provided with general out-patient medical care at the University Health Service (“UHS”) (free of charge) or at designated off-campus private clinics (at subsidized charges). For appointments of longer duration, dental care at UHS at nominal charges, and reimbursement of expenses for specialist out-patient and in-patient care referred by UHS will additionally be provided. An appointee on consecutive contract(s) for 3 years or longer will also be provided with maternity benefits. Medical benefits will cover an appointee’s eligible spouse and dependent children as well while they reside in Hong Kong.
Passages & Baggage Allowance upon Initial Appointment
An eligible appointee* who has habitually been residing outside Hong Kong or Macau for 2 years immediately before taking up appointment at the University may be provided with incoming passage and baggage allowance within limits. He/She may be provided with a one-way direct non-stop economy class passage from the international airport nearest to his/her residence to Hong Kong. The air passage provision may be extended to cover an eligible appointee’s spouse (for an appointment of 10 months or longer) and up to 2 dependent children (for an appointment of 2 years or longer).
* Eligible appointees include: Assistant Professor or Research Assistant Professor or equivalent and above, and Terms of Service (A) non-teaching appointees.
In connection with the incoming passage, an eligible appointee will be entitled to reimbursement for expenses for transporting 50 kg of air baggage at the unaccompanied rate, and for academic appointees only, additionally 0.57 cubic metre of surface freight for transport of books. The baggage allowance may be extended to an appointee’s spouse and dependent children as well when air passages are provided to them (cf. Q5 above) depending on the duration of appointment.
The normal retirement date is the last day before the appointee turns 60 (for Contract staff), or July 31 immediately following an appointee’s 60th birthday (for Regular/Continuous Appointment staff). Extension of a staff member’s appointment beyond the normal retirement date may be recommended by the Department/Unit/Faculty concerned for consideration by the University Council or relevant University Committee.
MPF is an employment-based statutory retirement protection system implemented by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. Except for certain categories of exempt persons (cf. Q9 below), all employees aged between 18 and 65 undertaking employment for 60 days or longer in Hong Kong, irrespective of full-time or part-time basis, are required by law to join and contribute to an MPF Scheme. An MPF Scheme member and his/her employer are each required to make mandatory contributions equivalent to 5% of the member’s relevant income in a month (currently capped at HK$1,500 per month) to the Scheme.
Yes. If an appointee is holding an employment visa and is a member of an overseas retirement scheme, he/she may be exempted from joining an MPF scheme.
Depending on the duration of the contract and where applicable, an appointee may be entitled to a completion-of-contract gratuity. Such gratuity, together with the contributions made by the University for the appointee to the MPF Scheme will add up to an amount equivalent to 15% or 10% (depending on the level of post) of the total amount of salary during the relevant contract period.
Salary tax in Hong Kong is calculated on the basis of the smaller of: -
a) a person’s net chargeable income (i.e. after permissible deductions and allowances) at progressive rates (from 2% to 17%); or
b) his/her net income at standard rate (15% for 2013-14).
Details can be found from the website of the Inland Revenue Department of the HKSAR Government: http://www.ird.gov.hk/
Terms of Service
Terms of Service (A) - e.g. professoriate, senior lecturer grade, academic-equivalent administrative and professional appointees
Terms of Service (HA-equivalent) - e.g. clinical academic appointees
Terms of Service (B) - e.g. executive, clerical, technical, and research appointees
Terms of Service (C) - e.g. junior appointees
If you do not hold a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card or other travel/identity document showing that you are lawfully employable in Hong Kong, you will need to apply for and obtain permission for staying and holding employment (usually in the form of an employment visa) prior to arrival in Hong Kong.
In general, if the total period of your employment visa is 13 months or less, you are exempted from joining the MPF scheme. However, if you are subsequently granted an extension of stay in Hong Kong for a further period and the total period of stay under the visa exceeds 13 months, your MPF exemption period will cease starting from the first day after the end of the 13th month. That say, if you have been granted an extension of stay for another 12 months, you are required to join the MPF scheme from the 1st day of the 14th month.
The general information provided above is purely for reference purpose and is subject to amendment by the University from time to time, and is NOT part of any agreement of employment terms.