The proposed adjustment took into account cost of living and pay claims, amongst others.
Civil servants in the lower and middle salary bands could see a 5.26% pay increase, equal to the net pay trend indicator for the middle salary band, following a recommendation put forward by the Civil Service Bureau (CSB).
The agency also suggested a wage hike of 4.75% for civil servants in the upper salary band and the directorate, which is equal to the net pay trend indicator for the upper salary band.
The CSB put forward proposals for the 2019-20 civil service pay adjustment to the four civil service central consultative councils. The proposed adjustment was made by the chief executive-in-council according to the established mechanism. Six factors were considered, which included the net pay trend indicators, the state of Hong Kong’s economy, changes in the cost of living, the government’s fiscal position, staff side pay claims, and civil service morale.
The government will submit the proposal to the Legislative Council Finance Committee for approval after the chief executive-in-council considers the response from the staff side and makes a final decision on the pay adjustment.
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