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The civil servants’ salaries have been frozen for one year. The government: Chief Executive, accountable officials, and guild members will not raise their salaries this year

2021-06-18T03:09:17.691Z

The Civil Service Bureau announced today (15th) that the Chief Executive-in-Council has decided to freeze the salaries of senior, middle and lower salary grades and directorate civil servants in 2021-22, with the effective date retroactive to 2021



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Written by: Wu Zhuoan

2021-06-15 21:04

Last update date: 2021-06-15 21:04

The Civil Service Bureau announced today (15th) that the Chief Executive-in-Council decided to freeze the salaries of senior, middle and lower salary grades and directorate civil servants in 2021-22, with the effective date retroactive to April 1, 2021.

As for whether officials will raise their salaries, the government said when inquired by the media that the Chief Executive, politically appointed officials and non-official members of the Executive Council have decided to adjust this year even if the changes in the Consumer Price Index C in the past year are positive. The salary of politically appointed officials will not be adjusted upwards according to the established mechanism; if the relevant index changes to a negative number, the salary will be adjusted downwards according to the established mechanism.

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The consumer price index rose 0.3% year-on-year in April

According to the government’s release in the evening, according to the mechanism approved by the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council, the remuneration of the Chief Executive, politically appointed officials and non-official members of the Executive Council are automatically adjusted every year based on changes in the Consumer Price Index Category C in the past year. The annual salary adjustment cycle for appointed officials starts on July 1, and for non-official members of the Executive Council, starts on October 1.

The government continues to point out that the Chief Executive, politically appointed officials and non-official members of the Executive Council have decided that with regard to this year’s adjustments, even if the changes in the Consumer Price Index C in the past year are positive, their salaries will not be increased according to the established mechanism. ; If the relevant index changes to a negative number, the salary will be lowered according to the established mechanism.

In May of this year, the Census and Statistics Department's April 2021 consumer price index, the annual increase in the composite consumer price index in April 2021 (ie the basic inflation rate) was 0.3%, which was slightly higher than that in March 2021 (0.2%) .

From the analysis of sub-indices, the year-on-year increases in the category A, category B, and category C consumer price indices in April 2021 were 1.5%, 0.3%, and 0.4%, respectively, and the corresponding increases in March 2021 were 1.3%. %, 0.2% and 0.2%.

Excluding the effects of all government one-off relief measures, the year-on-year rates of change in the category A, category B and category C consumer price indices in April 2021 were 0.8%, 0.0% and 0.2%, respectively.

In 2020, Chief Executive Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced that all politically appointed officials, including the Chief Executive, Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Political Assistant, and non-official members of the Executive Council, will not increase their salary according to the adjustment mechanism. Politically appointed officials will freeze their salaries for two consecutive years.

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