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

Strength of the Civil Service (as at 31 March 2018)
(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 4 194 1 609 5 803 (3.4)
Aged 25 to below 35 27 676 15 471 43 147 (25.2)
Aged 35 to below 45 27 927 15 546 43 473 (25.4)
Aged 45 to below 55 31 360 19 726 51 086 (29.8)
Aged 55 & over 15 675 12 274 27 949 (16.3)
Total 106 832 64 626 171 458 (100.0)
(%) (62.3) (37.7) (100.0)    

By terms of appointment

  Terms of Appointment (Notes 1 to 6)
Local Overseas Common New Total (%)
Total 84 829 76 1 318 85 235 171 458
(%) (49.5) (*) (0.8) (49.7) (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 1 248 10 24 103 1 385 (0.8)
Master Pay Scale 55 783 3 393 49 733 105 912 (61.8)
Police Pay Scale (Points 1a-54a) 14 159 63 277 14 814 29 313 (17.1)
General Disciplined Services
(Officer) and (Rank & File)
Pay Scales
11 516 0 617 15 504 27 637 (16.1)
Model Scale 1 Pay Scale 2 123 0 7 4 967 7 097 (4.1)
Training Pay Scale 0 0 0 114 114 (0.1)
Total 84 829 76 1 318 85 235 171 458 (100.0)
(%) (49.5) (*) (0.8) (49.7) (100.0)  

Strength of the 12 largest departments

Department Strength (%)
Hong Kong Police Force 33 702 (19.7)
Fire Services Department 10 522 (6.1)
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department 10 242 (6.0)
Leisure and Cultural Services Department 9 228 (5.4)
Housing Department 8 825 (5.1)
Immigration Department 7 926 (4.6)
Correctional Services Department 6 760 (3.9)
Customs and Excise Department 6 255 (3.6)
Department of Health 6 125 (3.6)
Social Welfare Department 5 856 (3.4)
Education Bureau 5 217 (3.0)
Post Office 5 070 (3.0)
Others 55 730 (32.5)
Total 171 458 (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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