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Offers of 2016-17 civil service pay adjustment
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     The Civil Service Bureau (CSB) has made the following pay offers, to be effected retrospectively from April 1, 2016, to the staff sides of the four civil service central consultative councils today (June 7):

(a) a pay increase of 4.68 per cent for civil servants in the lower and middle salary bands (equal to the net pay trend indicator (PTI) for the middle salary band); and

(b) a pay increase of 4.19 per cent for civil servants in the upper salary band and the directorate (equal to the net PTI for the upper salary band).

     The above decision was made by the Acting Chief Executive-in-Council (CE-in-Council) after considering all factors under the established mechanism, including:

* the net PTIs
* the state of Hong Kong's economy
* changes in the cost of living
* the Government's fiscal position
* the staff sides' pay claims
* civil service morale

     "The pay offers for civil servants in the upper and middle salary bands are the same as their net PTIs (i.e. 4.19 per cent and 4.68 per cent respectively). The pay offer for civil servants in the lower salary band follows the net PTI for the middle salary band due to the 'bring-up' arrangement," a spokesman for the CSB said.

     "Under the 'bring-up' arrangement, if the net PTI of the lower salary band is lower than that of the middle salary band, its pay adjustment rate may be brought up to the net PTI for the middle salary band, subject to the decision of the CE-in-Council.

     "In accordance with the established practice, the pay offer for directorate civil servants follows that for civil servants in the upper salary band (i.e. 4.19 per cent)," the spokesman said.

     The Government will submit the pay adjustment proposal to the Legislative Council Finance Committee for discussion and approval as soon as possible after the CE-in-Council receives the staff sidesíŽ responses to the pay offers and makes a final decision on the 2016-17 civil service pay adjustment.

Ends/Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Issued at HKT 16:28

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