There will not be any pay increases for civill servants, government advisers have decided.
The salaries of all 180,000 civil servants this year have been frozen following a decision by the Executive Council.
The Civil Service Bureau said that the Executive Council has decided that the pay for civil servants in the upper, middle and lower salary bands and the directorate in 2020-21 should be frozen with retrospective effect from April 1, 2020.
According to the 2020 Pay Trend Survey, the net pay trend indicators for the upper, middle and lower salary bands are 1.68 percent, 1.98 percent and 1.15 percent respectively, the bureau said.
The committee's recommendations represent a decade low.
The bureau said that the Executive Council fully recognised civil servants' efforts and contributions in coping with the social events and the coronavirus in the past year.
The pay freeze decision was made after thoroughly considering all relevant factors under the established mechanism. Hong Kong's economy and the government's fiscal position are being hit hard. While all the three net pay trend indicators and the headline Composite CPI are in the positive, it should be pointed out that the net PTIs are but one of the six relevant factors to be taken into account for deciding the annual civil service pay adjustment.
The pay freeze decision has, therefore, been made in strict accordance with the established civil service pay adjustment mechanism, a bureau spokesman said.