Leave, other than sick leave and maternity leave, is granted subject to the exigencies of the service. Staff are encouraged to take their leave provided that the operational needs of the public service are met. Sick leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, study leave and unpaid leave are granted on a need basis.
Rules have been set out in the Civil Service Regulations.
The leave earning rate normally depends on the officer's terms of appointment, years of service and salary.
Since 1 June 2000, a new fringe benefits package has been offered to all new recruits. The leave benefits for these civil servants are summarised below:
|Category of officers||Leave days per year(working day basis)||Maximum accumulation||Remarks|
|Directorate||22 or 26||44 or 78||Higher rates for those with 10 years' service or more|
|On or above Point 14 of the Master Pay Scale||18 or 22||36 or 66|
|Below Point 14 of the Master Pay Scale or Model Scale 1||14 or 18||28 or 54|
|Category of officers||Leave days per year(calendar day basis)||Maximum accumulation||Remarks|
|On or above Point 4 of the Directorate Pay Scale||55.5||365||Higher rates for those with 10 years’ service or more|
|On or above Point 14 of the Master Pay Scale to Point 3 of the Directorate Pay Scale||31.0 or 40.5||120 or 180|
|Below Point 14 of the Master Pay Scale||22.0 or 31.0||60 or 120|
|Model Scale 1||14.0 or 22.0||50 or 100 for those appointed on permanent terms (45 or 90 for others)|