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Civil Service Pay in Hong Kong: Policies, System, Structure and Reform  
Product Ref: 02/146C Company: HK SAR Government

Product Type: Case Industry: Public Sector & Non-Profit

Related Product(s): Teaching Note
Authors: Gilbert Wong   Mary Ho
In 2002, Hong Kong civil servants were the envy of many people. Their salaries, fringe benefits and employment terms compared favourably with international standards. However, as civil servants staggered from one disaster and mistake to another, the public had an impression that their performance did not match their liberal remuneration. While private sectors were announcing massive lay-offs, pay-cuts and reduced benefits in the sluggish economy, the Hong Kong government was under pressure to reduce civil service pay, and at the same time, to increase public accountability and improve performance. One of the main objectives of this case is to help students understand and appreciate the difficulty of establishing a civil service system that links pay to performance.
Functional Area : Human Resource Management

Issues: Human Resources Management, Organisational Behaviour, Pay for Performance, Government Policy
Length: 21 pages Country: Hong Kong SAR

Pub. Year: 2002 Level of Difficulty: 1
This product type is available in the following language(s):      English
Related Information: N/A
This case is UGC funded.
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