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

Strength of the Civil Service (as at 31 March 2021)
(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 2 596 1 209 3 805 (2.1)
Aged 25 to below 35 32 296 18 721 51 017 (28.7)
Aged 35 to below 45 29 582 16 997 46 579 (26.2)
Aged 45 to below 55 29 519 18 172 47 691 (26.9)
Aged 55 & over 14 726 13 746 28 472 (16.0)
Total 108 719 68 845 177 564 (100.0)
(%) (61.2) (38.8) (100.0)  

By terms of appointment

  Terms of Appointment (Notes 1 to 6)
Local Overseas Common New Total (%)
Total 65 029 43 1 250 111 242 177 564
(%) (36.6) (*) (0.7) (62.6) (100.0)

By salary groups and terms of appointment

Salary Group Terms of Appointment (Notes 1 to 6)
Local Overseas Common New Total (%)
Directorate Pay Scale or equivalent

1 169

8 30 194 1 401 (0.8)
Master Pay Scale 42 702 0 361 68 291 111 354 (62.7)
Police Pay Scale (Points 1a-54a) 11 445 35 254 16 052 27 786 (15.6)
General Disciplined Services
(Officer) and (Rank & File)
Pay Scales
8 847 0 603 20 108 29 558 (16.6)
Model Scale 1 Pay Scale 866 0 2 6 350 7 218 (4.1)
Training Pay Scale 0 0 0 247 247 (0.1)
Total 65 029 43 1 250 111 242 177 564 (100.0)
(%) (36.6) (*) (0.7) (62.6) (100.0)  

Strength of the 12 largest departments

Department Strength (%)
Hong Kong Police Force 32 054 (18.1)
Fire Services Department 10 949 (6.2)
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department 10 662 (6.0)
Leisure and Cultural Services Department 9 663 (5.4)
Housing Department 9 153 (5.2)
Immigration Department 8 780 (4.9)
Customs and Excise Department 7 170 (4.0)
Correctional Services Department 6 591 (3.7)
Department of Health 6 539 (3.7)
Social Welfare Department 6 266 (3.5)
Education Bureau 5 569 (3.1)
Hongkong Post 4 580 (2.6)
Others 59 588 (33.6)
Total 177 564 (100.0)

Notes:  
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.
5. (%) denotes percentage to total. (These figures may not add up exactly to the total due to rounding.)
6. (*) denotes percentage less than 0.05%.

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