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Review of Pay Policy and System

In 2001, the Administration decided to carry out a comprehensive review of the civil service pay policy and system. Upon the Administration's invitation, the three advisory bodies on civil service salaries and conditions of service set up a Task Force to take forward the review. The main task of the Task Force was to research into the latest developments in civil service pay administration in other governments, analyse their pros and cons and identify best practices that may be of particular relevance to Hong Kong, having regard to the history and development of the civil service pay policy and system in Hong Kong.

The Task Force published an Interim Report for public consultation in April 2002. Taking account of overseas experience, the particular circumstances in Hong Kong as well as the feedback received during the consultation exercise, the Task Force submitted the Phase One Final Report to the Administration in September 2002. To gauge the views of civil servants and other interested parties on the Task Force's recommendations, the Administration conducted an eight-week public consultation which ended on 15 November 2002.

Accepting the Task Force's recommendation that priority should be given to devising a practical framework and methodology for conducting a pay level survey and to reviewing the pay trend survey methodology, the Administration embarked on an exercise to develop, in consultation with the staff sides, an Improved Civil Service Pay Adjustment Mechanism.


Useful Reference
- Papers for Legislative Council :
  1.2004 - Request for information in respect of the consultancy on the methodology of a pay level survey for the civil service (PDF format)
  11.2003 - Progress on the Development of an Improved Civil Service Pay Adjustment Mechanism (PDF format)
  1.2003 - Public Consultation on the Phase One Final Report of the Task Force on Review of Civil Service Pay Policy and System (PDF format)
  10.2002 - Phase One Final Report of the Task Force on Review of Civil Service Pay Policy and System (PDF format)
  7.2002 - Agenda Item IV:Review of Civil Service Pay Policy and System - Interim Report on the First Phase of the Review (PDF format)
  5.2002 - Interim Report of the First-Phase Review of Civil Service Pay Policy and System (PDF format)
  1.2002 - Supplementary Paper on Review of Civil Service Pay Policy and System(PDF format)
  12.2001 - Review of Civil Service Pay Policy and System (PDF format)

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