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Clerks of Works

Descriptions & Duties

  • Clerks of Works representing clients' (e.g., government or developers) interest, perform technical tasks to aid in construction works and help construction managers to ensure that the quality of both materials and workmanship are in line with design, including specification, engineering drawings, quality standards and building ordinances.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Trade Specific Competencies

Knowledge and skills of construction project supervision at construction sites

As leaders of construction projects at construction sites representing clients' interest, Clerks of Works must ensure that the projects at construction sites are properly managed from start to finish. They must coordinate effectively with different professionals and clients and have to make choices to ensure that the projects are well completed.

Professional knowledge and skills in construction works

Clerks of Works must always apply professional knowledge and skills in relation to construction works to solve issues and problems at work.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • typically have a certificate or a diploma in building studies, building and construction technology or equivalent

Professional qualification

  • being Members of the Hong Kong Institute of Clerk of Works (MHKICW) are preferable


  • usually 3 years of working experience in various building construction industry are preferable

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $15,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$90,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$140,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 13-23

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 24-33

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 34-37

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 38-41

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Clerks of Works usually work at the construction sites, where they monitor the project and make decisions about construction activities.


  • Borescope inspection equipment - Borescopes
  • Calibrated resistance measuring equipment - Ground resistance testers
  • Carbon monoxide analyser - Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Circuit tester - Circuit analysers; Continuity testers; Electrical circuit testers
  • Concrete or cement testing instruments - Concrete strength measurers; Concrete testers
  • Hydrometers
  • Hygrometers
  • Inspection mirror - Inspection mirrors
  • Laser measuring systems - Laser measuring devices
  • Level sensors or transmitters - Transit levels
  • Levels - Automatic levels; Electronic levels; Lock levels; Optical levels
  • Lightmeters - Light meters
  • Microwave leakage meters - Microwave leakage detectors
  • Moisture meters
  • Multimeters - Clamp-on multimeters; Digital multimeters
  • Pressure or vacuum recorders - Pounds per square inch PSI test gauges; Pressure gauges
  • Radon detectors - Radon detection devices
  • Remote reading thermometers - Refrigeration thermometers
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment - Ultrasonic thickness gauges
  • Vibration testers - Vibration meters

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