5th July 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Civil Service Bureau (CSB) made pay offers to the staff side of the four civil service central consultative councils today, under which the pay for civil servants in the upper, middle and lower salary bands and the directorate would be increased at the same rate of 2.5 per cent for 2022-23, effective retrospectively from 1st April, 2022.
“As the backbone of the Government, the civil service has the obligation to fully support the Government’s work. The current-term Government highly values co-operation with the civil service, and expects the civil service to continue to discharge its duties professionally and efficiently in order to meet public expectations. The Government fully understands the concern of civil service colleagues about the timetable of this year’s civil service pay adjustment exercise. In addition, civil service pay adjustment will have a bearing on non-civil service contract staff, as well as the subventions received by subvented organisations and the pay of their staff. Therefore, the Government decided to significantly compress the timetable of the civil service pay adjustment exercise and handle this issue at the first meeting of the current-term Executive Council,” a CSB spokesman said.
“Hong Kong’s economy has been facing a complex situation in the past year. Despite the strong rebound in 2021, the economy was severely hit in the first quarter of 2022 amidst the fifth wave of the epidemic. Although the business atmosphere and the employment situation have changed for the better in recent months, there remain uncertainties in the overall economic situation. Taking into consideration factors including the increase in the cost of living in the past year, the changes in the economic situation, the Government’s fiscal position, the positive net pay trend indicators for all three salary bands for 2022 and the exemplary commitment of civil servants from all ranks in fighting the epidemic, the Chief Executive-in-Council (CE-in-Council) made an offer to increase the pay at the same rate of 2.5 per cent across the board after balancing all relevant factors,” the spokesman continued.
After the CE-in-Council, in accordance with the established mechanism, considers the response from the staff side and makes a decision on the 2022-23 civil service pay adjustment, the Government will submit the pay adjustment proposal to the Legislative Council Finance Committee for consideration as soon as possible.