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Strength of the Civil Service (as at 31 March 2014)
(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 2 874 1 165 4 039 (2.5)
Aged 25 to below 35 20 975 11 664 32 639 (20.0)
Aged 35 to below 45 27 352 15 753 43 105 (26.5)
Aged 45 to below 55 38 538 23 037 61 575 (37.8)
Aged 55 & over 13 732 7 745 21 477 (13.2)
Total 103 471 59 364 162 835 (100.0)
(%) (63.5) (36.5) (100.0)    

By terms of appointment

  Terms of Appointment (Notes 1 to 4)
Local Overseas Common New Total (%)
Total 110 314 153 1 374 50 994 162 835
(%) (67.7) (0.1) (0.8) (31.3) (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 1 260 19 16 26 1 321 (0.8)
Master Pay Scale 70 886 12 429 28 926 100 253 (61.6)
Police Pay Scale (Points 1a-54a) 17 742 122 288 10 176 28 328 (17.4)
General Disciplined Services
(Officer) and (Rank & File)
Pay Scales
15 269 0 625 9 603 25 497 (15.7)
Model Scale 1 Pay Scale 5 155 0 16 2 135 7 306 (4.5)
Training Pay Scale 2 0 0 128 130 (0.1)
Total 110 314 153 1 374 50 994 162 835 (100.0)
(%) (67.7) (0.1) (0.8) (31.3) (100.0)  

Strength of the 12 largest departments

Department Strength (%)
Hong Kong Police Force 32 848 (20.2)
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department 9 941 (6.1)
Fire Services Department 9 865 (6.1)
Leisure and Cultural Services Department 8 403 (5.2)
Housing Department 8 162 (5.0)
Immigration Department 6 924 (4.3)
Correctional Services Department 6 725 (4.1)
Department of Health 5 811 (3.6)
Customs and Excise 5 738 (3.5)
Social Welfare Department 5 459 (3.4)
Post Office 5 158 (3.2)
Education Bureau 4 933 (3.0)
Others 52 868 (32.5)
Total 162 835 (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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