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Home > Statistics >> Annually-updated Civil Service Personnel Statistics

Strength of the Civil Service (as at 31 March 2016)
(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 3 596 1 240 4 836 (2.9)
Aged 25 to below 35 24 001 13 339 37 340 (22.5)
Aged 35 to below 45 27 321 15 699 43 020 (25.9)
Aged 45 to below 55 34 746 21 497 56 243 (33.9)
Aged 55 & over 14 926 9 785 24 711 (14.9)
Total 104 590 61 560 166 150 (100.0)
(%) (62.9) (37.1) (100.0)    

By terms of appointment

  Terms of Appointment (Notes 1 to 4)
Local Overseas Common New Total (%)
Total 97 966 113 1 348 66 723 166 150
(%) (59.0) (0.1) (0.8) (40.2) (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 1 264 14 21 57 1 356 (0.8)
Master Pay Scale 63 848 8 410 38 756 103 022 (62.0)
Police Pay Scale (Points 1a-54a) 15 976 91 284 12 409 28 760 (17.3)
General Disciplined Services
(Officer) and (Rank & File)
Pay Scales
13 470 0 621 11 923 26 014 (15.7)
Model Scale 1 Pay Scale 3 407 0 12 3 458 6 877 (4.1)
Training Pay Scale 1 0 0 120 121 (0.1)
Total 97 966 113 1 348 66 723 166 150 (100.0)
(%) (59.0) (0.1) (0.8) (40.2) (100.0)  

Strength of the 12 largest departments

Department Strength (%)
Hong Kong Police Force 33 091 (19.9)
Fire Services Department 10 084 (6.1)
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department 10 035 (6.0)
Leisure and Cultural Services Department 8 687 (5.2)
Housing Department 8 444 (5.1)
Immigration Department 7 081 (4.3)
Correctional Services Department 6 673 (4.0)
Department of Health 6 004 (3.6)
Customs and Excise Department 5 913 (3.6)
Social Welfare Department 5 622 (3.4)
Post Office 5 092 (3.1)
Education Bureau 5 006 (3.0)
Others 54 418 (32.8)
Total 166 150 (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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