Government announces payroll cost of civil service increments in 2011-12

     A spokesman for the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) said today (May 15) that the bureau has received the tentative results of the 2012 Pay Trend Survey from the secretariat of the Pay Trend Survey Committee today.

     The results, presented in the form of "gross pay trend indicators", show the rates of pay adjustments in the private sector in three defined salary bands for the period from April 2, 2011, to April 1, 2012. The Pay Trend Survey Committee will meet next week to validate the gross pay trend indicators. The payroll cost of civil service increments incurred in 2011-12 for each defined salary band will be deducted from the respective gross pay trend indicators to produce the "net pay trend indicator" for each salary band.

     "The net pay trend indicators are one of the factors that the Chief Executive-in-Council will consider in deciding whether and (if so) how to adjust civil service pay for 2012-13. Other factors that will be considered are the state of Hong Kong's economy, the Government's fiscal position, changes in the cost of living, the staff sides' pay claims and civil service morale," the CSB spokesman said.

     The payroll cost of civil service increments for each of the three defined salary bands incurred in 2011-12, expressed as a percentage of the total civil service payroll cost of the bands concerned, is as follows:

                          Cost of increment
                            as a percentage  
                              of the total
Salary band       civil service payroll cost
-----------       --------------------------

Upper                            0.75%
(monthly salary
from $51,671 to

Middle                           0.84%
(monthly salary
from $16,855 to

Lower                            1.15%
(monthly salary
below $16,855)

Ends/Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Issued at HKT 16:25