Annual pay trend survey released, salaries for civil servants may increase by 2.04% – 7.26%

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18th May 2022 – (Hong Kong) A spokesman for the Civil Service Bureau said that the bureau received the tentative results of the 2022 Pay Trend Survey from the secretariat of the Pay Trend Survey Committee (PTSC) today . After deducting the increase in salary expenditure ratio, the net pay trend index of civil servants is 2.04% and 4.55% for the low-level and middle-level respectively. The salary increase of the senior management is as high as 7.26%. The actual pay adjustment should be decided by the Chief Executive in Council.

According to the records, civil servants have frozen salaries four times in the past 18 years, including 2003, 2006, 2009, 2020, and 2021. In 2002, due to the economic downturn and serious fiscal deficit, the government proposed to cut wages through legislation. The action was opposed by civil servant groups and they accused the government of violating the Basic Law.

By 2003, before SARS broke out in Hong Kong, the Legislative Council passed the “0-3-3” salary reduction plan in February of that year, that is, the salary was frozen in 2003, and subsequently on 1st January, 2004 and 2005 respectively, the salary was cut by 3% in two instalments. At that time, many political parties and trade unions accepted the plan, but some civil servants filed a legal challenge, but the case was ultimately defeated at the Court of Final Appeal.

The tentative results, presented in the form of "gross pay trend indicators" (PTIs), show the rates of pay adjustment in the private sector in three salary bands for the period from 2nd April, 2021, to 1st April, 2022. The PTSC will meet next week to decide whether to validate the "gross PTIs".

"The Chief Executive-in-Council will fully consider all relevant factors under the established annual civil service pay adjustment mechanism in determining the annual civil service pay adjustment. These factors include the 'net PTIs' (see attachment) calculated from the 'gross PTIs', the state of Hong Kong's economy, the Government's fiscal position, changes in the cost of living, the pay claims of the staff side and civil service morale," the spokesman said.
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