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Strength of the Civil Service (as at 31 March 2013)
(excluding Judges and Judicial Officers, ICAC officers and locally engaged staff working in Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices)

By age groups and sex

Age Group Sex
Male Female Total (%)
Aged under 25 3 203 1 170 4 373 (2.7)
Aged 25 to below 35 19 765 10 590 30 355 (18.9)
Aged 35 to below 45 27 529 15 649 43 178 (26.9)
Aged 45 to below 55 39 906 23 461 63 367 (39.4)
Aged 55 & over 12 700 6 690 19 390 (12.1)
Total 103 103 57 560 160 663 (100.0)
(%) (64.2) (35.8) (100.0)    

By terms of appointment

  Terms of Appointment (Notes 1 to 4)
Local Overseas Common New Total (%)
Total 115 791 177 1 387 43 308 160 663
(%) (72.1) (0.1) (0.9) (27.0) (100.0)

By salary groups and terms of appointment

Salary Group Terms of Appointment (Notes 1 to 4)
Local Overseas Common New Total (%)
Directorate Pay Scale or equivalent 1 230 22 13 16 1 281 (0.8)
Master Pay Scale 73 885 21 433 23 814 98 153 (61.1)
Police Pay Scale (Points 1a-54a) 18 599 134 290 9 221 28 244 (17.6)
General Disciplined Services
(Officer) and (Rank & File)
Pay Scales
16 020 0 633 8 598 25 251 (15.7)
Model Scale 1 Pay Scale 6 056 0 18 1 552 7 626 (4.7)
Training Pay Scale 1 0 0 107 108 (0.1)
Total 115 791 177 1 387 43 308 160 663 (100.0)
(%) (72.1) (0.1) (0.9) (27.0) (100.0)  

Strength of the 12 largest departments

Department Strength (%)
Hong Kong Police Force 32 754 (20.4)
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department 10 073 (6.3)
Fire Services Department 9 840 (6.1)
Leisure and Cultural Services Department 8 202 (5.1)
Housing Department 7 809 (4.9)
Correctional Services Department 6 777 (4.2)
Immigration Department 6 723 (4.2)
Department of Health 5 675 (3.5)
Customs and Excise 5 564 (3.5)
Social Welfare Department 5 326 (3.3)
Post Office 4 960 (3.1)
Education Bureau 4 923 (3.1)
Others 52 037 (32.4)
Total 160 663 (100.0)

Notes: (%) denotes percentage to total. (These figures may not add up exactly to the total due to rounding.)
1. "Local" refers to the set of terms offered to a local officer appointed before the introduction of common terms.
2. "Overseas" refers to the set of terms offered to an overseas officer appointed before the introduction of common terms.
3. "Common" refers to a common set of terms of appointment and conditions of service applicable to new appointees to the Civil Service on civil service terms and conditions who are offered appointment on or after 1 January 1999 and before 1 June 2000.
4. "New" refers to new sets of terms of appointment and conditions of service applicable to new appointees to the Civil Service on civil service terms and conditions who are offered appointment on or after 1 June 2000.

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