The Legislative Council’s Finance Committee has approved the funding for pay rises in the civil service for the fiscal year that began on April 1.
At a meeting on Monday, the committee voted for the recommendations made by the Pay Trend Survey Committee to let civil servants in the higher rank and directorate civil servants have a pay rise of 4.06 percent, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Those in the lower and middle rankings will see their wages go up by 4.51 percent.
The increases will be backdated to April 1 this year.
Civic Party lawmaker Dr. Kwok Ka-ki pointed out that the increases were less than what the groups representing civil servants asked for, especially compared to the request by the Police Force Council and the Disciplined Services Consultative Council.
In response, Secretary for the Civil Service Joshua Law Chi-kong said his bureau is expected to decide in the second half of the year whether to conduct a review on the salary structure of disciplined services.
Pan-democrat lawmaker Claudia Mo Man-ching, meanwhile, asked Law to cancel the arrangements of dispatching administrative officers and executive officers from time to time to check lawmaker’s whereabouts, calling such practices insulting to the officers.
Law explained that the arrangements have been in place for many years with the purpose of making sure that bills can be successfully passed. He added that the officers have been very supportive of the duty, and that they don’t consider the work demeaning.
In other news related to the Legco finance panel, the committee approved a government proposal on Monday to set up a HK$1 billion Construction Innovation and Technology Fund (CITF), which will be aimed at encouraging wider adoption of innovative methods and new technologies to enhance productivity and work quality in the construction industry.
The CITF is expected to begin accepting applications by the end of the year and conduct a mid-term review two years later.
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