Hong Kong’s civil servants are expected to have their salaries raised by 3.02-4.12 percent this year, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.
The range was unveiled after a study for the Pay Trend Survey Committee was done by the pay survey and research unit of the Joint Secretariat for the Advisory Bodies on Civil Service and Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service.
The figures are disappointing, considering an inflation rate of over 6 percent for March and April, representatives of a group of almost 170,000 civil servants said.
The range is 50 percent lower than the level last year, said Hong Kong Senior Government Officers Association chairman Chan Sai-kwing.
Pay Trend Survey Committee chairman Wilfred Wong Kam-pui said it surveyed 105 companies, which came up with a range of 4.42-5.06 percent in salary increases.
The reference range for civil servants is the net increase after deducting fixed pay-point increments.
The range is in line with the expected pay rise of 3-4.5 percent for this year in the private sector, said Edmond So, general manager of Besteam Personnel Consultancy Ltd.
Translation by Vey Wong
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