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Our Ref. : BP 6/25
8 June 2005

Dear Colleagues,

Development of an improved pay adjustment mechanism for the civil service : Conduct of a pay level survey in 2005

In March this year, I informed you of the Government's decision to conduct a pay level survey for the civil service in 2005. I am writing to update you on the latest developments of this exercise.

Following the Government's established procedures for the procurement of consultancy services, we have recently appointed a consultant to carry out the field work of the pay level survey (Phase Two Consultant). Information about the Phase Two Consultancy, including its scope of work, has been uploaded onto CSB's webpage (

Taking account of the necessary work steps, the pay level survey field work will comprise three key stages with indicative timing as set out below -

(a) preparatory stage
(June - August 2005)
conducting job inspections of civil service benchmark jobs
(b) information gathering stage
(September - October 2005)
collecting pay data and other relevant information from the private sector organisations in the survey field
(c) information consolidation stage
(November 2005)
consolidating and analysing the collected data according to the adopted survey methodology

The immediate task of the Phase Two Consultant is to carry out job inspections for the civil service benchmark jobs with the participation of grade management, departmental management, staff bodies (including staff unions/associations) and holders of representative posts in the benchmark jobs. This process will lay the ground for identifying appropriate job matches in the private sector participating organisations to facilitate the collection of relevant private sector pay data at the next stage of work.

We shall arrange an early opportunity for the Phase Two Consultant to meet with the staff side members of the Consultative Group on Civil Service Pay Adjustment Mechanism and other staff representatives to exchange views on his proposed approach to the job inspection process.

I look forward to your continued support to this important exercise and shall keep you posted on further developments.

Yours sincerely,

The signature of SCS, Joseph W P Wong

(Joseph W P Wong)
Secretary for the Civil Service

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