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Strength of the Civil Service (as at 31 March 2015)
(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 3 215 1 072 4 287 (2.6)
Aged 25 to below 35 22 361 12 204 34 565 (21.1)
Aged 35 to below 45 27 222 15 661 42 883 (26.2)
Aged 45 to below 55 36 825 22 241 59 066 (36.1)
Aged 55 & over 14 238 8 606 22 844 (14.0)
Total 103 861 59 784 163 645 (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 104 276 132 1 358 57 879 163 645
(%) (63.7) (0.1) (0.8) (35.4) (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 1 269 17 18 37 1 341 (0.8)
Master Pay Scale 67 511 10 418 33 142 101 081 (61.8)
Police Pay Scale (Points 1a-54a) 16 848 105 286 11 234 28 473 (17.4)
General Disciplined Services
(Officer) and (Rank & File)
Pay Scales
14 400 0 623 10 739 25 762 (15.7)
Model Scale 1 Pay Scale 4 247 0 13 2 586 6 846 (4.2)
Training Pay Scale 1 0 0 141 142 (0.1)
Total 104 276 132 1 358 57 879 163 645 (100.0)
(%) (63.7) (0.1) (0.8) (35.4) (100.0)  

Strength of the 12 largest departments

Department Strength (%)
Hong Kong Police Force 32 841 (20.1)
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department 10 014 (6.1)
Fire Services Department 9 929 (6.1)
Leisure and Cultural Services Department 8 339 (5.1)
Housing Department 8 209 (5.0)
Immigration Department 6 906 (4.2)
Correctional Services Department 6 759 (4.1)
Customs and Excise Department 5 884 (3.6)
Department of Health 5 836 (3.6)
Social Welfare Department 5 566 (3.4)
Post Office 5 089 (3.1)
Education Bureau 4 925 (3.0)
Others 53 348 (32.6)
Total 163 645 (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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