Frequently Asked Questions from Applicants for Senior Posts
1. Air passage and baggage allowance
2. Housing benefits
3. Medical benefits
5. Mandatory Provident Fund
1. Air passage and baggage allowance for candidates who are eligible for relocation assistance
Q: How can my airfare be settled?
A: You are requested to pay the passage and baggage costs from your own pocket first and then claim reimbursement on your arrival in Hong Kong on production of the relevant receipts to the Finance and Enterprises Office. Please note that you are required to submit the original invoices/receipts and all the used ticket counterfoils to the Finance and Enterprises Office on your arrival in Hong Kong.
Q: How is my entitlement to baggage allowance calculated?
A: On first appointment, you will be entitled to 75 kg of unaccompanied air baggage, plus an extra 25 kg for the transport of books (for professoriate staff only), 25 kg for your spouse (if applicable) and 20 kg for each of your dependent children (if applicable, up to a maximum of four), if your spouse and children are coming with you (subject to your confirmation that the same is not provided from other sources).
The value of the baggage allowance is calculated by reference to the current unaccompanied air baggage rate between Hong Kong and the approved place of departure. Within the calculated allowance, baggage may be sent by air, or by surface, or partly by air and partly by surface, at your discretion. Enquiries about unaccompanied air baggage rates may be addressed to the Finance and Enterprises Office (e-mail: email@example.com).
2. Housing benefits
Q: What type of housing benefits am I entitled to?
A: For Professoriate Staff:
If you are appointed as Assistant Professor, you will be provided with a non-accountable but fully taxable cash allowance (NCA) of HK$14,400 per month.
If you are appointed as Associate Professor, you will be eligible for temporaryhave an option to receive, in lieu of NCA, a housing voucher of HK$18,000 per month to rent University accommodation, subject to availability and a rental payment of 10% of basic monthly salary, for the first contract up to three years, followed by an NCA of HK$18,000 per month (or you can switch to NCA anytime during the 3-year temporary University accommodation period, but this switch is irrevocable). Alternatively, you may opt for an NCA of HK$18,000 per month.
If you are appointed at as Professor, you will be have an option to use a housing voucher of HK$24,000 to rent eligible for either University accommodation, subject to availability and a rental charge of 10% of basic monthly salary OR an NCA of HK$24,000 per month.
For Clinical Professoriate Staff:
If you are appointed under Terms of Service I (Clinical Medical Staff), you will be provided with a monthly cash allowance and a cash allowance of 5% of basic salary or the maximum point of the equivalent Hospital Authority Salary Scale, whichever is less, subject to the Prevention of Double Housing Benefits Rules.
For Academic-related Staff:
A non-accountable but fully taxable monthly cash allowance (NCA) may be provided where applicable. Eligible grades and the respective NCA rates are as follows:
Principal Lecturer / Principal Professional Practitioner / Principal Clinical Practitioner
Senior Lecturer / Senior Professional Practitioner / Senior Clinical Practitioner
For Professional and Senior Administrative Staff:
If you are appointed under Band H or Band I of the broadbanding structure, you will be provided with a non-accountable but fully taxable cash allowance (NCA) of HK$14,400 and HK$18,000 per month respectively. If you are appointed under Band J, you will be eligible for either a housing voucher of HK$24,000 to rent University accommodation, subject to availability, OR an NCA of HK$24,000 per month.
The above housing benefits are subject to review and the entitlements shall be subject to the Prevention of Double Housing Benefits Rules.
3. Medical benefits
Q: Am I required to take a medical examination before appointment?
A: You are usually required to complete the 'New Employee Work Health Declaration Form', which should be returned to the supervisor/Head of Department before the start of appointment.
Q: What do medical benefits include?
A: Medical benefits may include (i) out-patient care at the University Health Service or by a panel of private doctors; (ii) specialist consultations when referred by University Health Service physicians; (iii) in-patient care in either Government or non-Government hospitals; (iv) maternity care; and (v) dental care, depending on the type and the period of your appointment. Charges may be required for some of the above items.
Q: I understand that my dependants are eligible to receive medical benefits from the University. Are my parents/parents-in-law also eligible?
A: Under the University's Staff Medical Benefits Scheme, "dependants" are defined as an appointee's spouse and his/her dependent children. Your parents/parents-in-law will therefore not be eligible to receive such benefits.
Q: What is the salaries tax system in Hong Kong?
A: Salaries tax is determined according to a taxpayer's net chargeable income (income after deductions and allowances). Tax at progressive rates is then charged on the net chargeable income, subject to the amount of tax charged at the standard rate (15% since 2008/2009) not being exceeded. The progressive tax rates (since 2018/2019) are 2% on the first HK$50,000, 6% on the next HK$50,000, 10% on the next HK$50,000, 14% on the next HK$50,000, with the remainder to be charged at 17%.
It is very difficult to determine at this stage the exact amount of tax you will have to pay. Other considerations coming into play may include: whether your spouse will work, the number of children you have, whether you have/will have other sources of income (e.g. private consultancies, etc., hence involving the University's regulations governing outside practice).
5. Mandatory Provident Fund
Q: What is the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme in Hong Kong? Do I need to contribute to it?
If you need to apply
for an employment visa to work in Hong Kong and the period of your permitted
stay does not exceed 13 months, you will be exempt from the application of the
MPF Schemes Ordinance. If the period of your permitted stay exceeds 13
months, you will be required to enrol in the MPF scheme, unless you remain
an exempt person as defined in the Ordinance. If you are holding an
employment visa and are a member of a provident, pension, retirement
or superannuation scheme established outside Hong Kong, you will also
be exempt from joining the MPF scheme.
Q: When can I get my terminal gratuity? And how is it calculated?
A: The terminal gratuity
will be paid to you on completion of your fixed-term contract, and is calculated
as 15% of your total basic salary earned in the course of your contract,
subject to any necessary reduction to take account of the contributions
required to be paid by the University to a Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF)
scheme in respect of yourself.
Human Resource Section