Hong Kong govt eyes 6.7% minimum wage hike

The minimum wage commission has recommended raising the hourly statutory minimum wage from the current HK$37.5 (RM21) to HK$40, an increase of HK$2.5 (RM1.40) or 6.7%.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s statutory hourly minimum wage is set to increase to HK$40 (US$5.12 or RM22.38) by May, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government says.

The chief executive in council has adopted the recommendation of the minimum wage commission (MWC) on raising the hourly statutory minimum wage (SMW) from the current HK$37.5 (RM21) to HK$40, an increase of HK$2.5 (RM1.40) or 6.7%, the government said in a statement.

The government will publish the Minimum Wage Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 3) Notice 2023 in the Gazette tomorrow and table it in the Legislative Council on Jan 18.

Subject to the approval of the legislative council, the revised SMW rate will come into force on May 1 this year, Labour Day.

“After careful consideration, the government is of the view that the MWC has ably discharged its statutory function of reviewing the SMW rate after thorough and balanced deliberation,” Secretary for Labour and Welfare Chris Sun was quoted as saying in the statement.

“The recommendation of the MWC has struck an appropriate balance between the objectives of forestalling excessively low wages and minimising the loss of low-paid jobs.

“It also gives due regard to sustaining Hong Kong’s economic growth and competitiveness,” he added.

Sun paid warm tribute to chairperson of the MWC Priscilla Wong, and all MWC members for their untiring efforts in reviewing the minimum wage. — China Daily/ANN

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