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Strength of the Civil Service (as at 31 March 2017)
(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 3 882 1 289 5 171 (3.1)
Aged 25 to below 35 25 522 14 035 39 557 (23.6)
Aged 35 to below 45 27 575 15 512 43 087 (25.7)
Aged 45 to below 55 32 939 20 571 53 510 (31.9)
Aged 55 & over 15 319 11 027 26 346 (15.7)
Total 105 237 62 434 167 671 (100.0)
(%) (62.8) (37.2) (100.0)    

By terms of appointment

  Terms of Appointment (Notes 1 to 4)
Local Overseas Common New Total (%)
Total 91 599 98 1 336 74 638 167 671
(%) (54.6) (0.1) (0.8) (44.5) (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 1 257 13 21 75 1 366 (0.8)
Master Pay Scale 60 006 6 406 43 545 103 963 (62.0)
Police Pay Scale (Points 1a-54a) 15 086 79 281 13 592 29 038 (17.3)
General Disciplined Services
(Officer) and (Rank & File)
Pay Scales
12 480 0 619 13 306 26 405 (15.7)
Model Scale 1 Pay Scale 2 770 0 9 3 999 6 778 (4.0)
Training Pay Scale 0 0 0 121 121 (0.1)
Total 91 599 98 1 336 74 638 167 671 (100.0)
(%) (54.6) (0.1) (0.8) (44.5) (100.0)  

Strength of the 12 largest departments

Department Strength (%)
Hong Kong Police Force 33 285 (19.9)
Fire Services Department 10 322 (6.2)
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department 9 956 (5.9)
Leisure and Cultural Services Department 8 907 (5.3)
Housing Department 8 611 (5.1)
Immigration Department 7 262 (4.3)
Correctional Services Department 6 647 (4.0)
Department of Health 6 013 (3.6)
Customs and Excise Department 5 907 (3.5)
Social Welfare Department 5 724 (3.4)
Post Office 5 171 (3.1)
Education Bureau 5 041 (3.0)
Others 54 825 (32.7)
Total 167 671 (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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