Private sector slow to reveal pay for review
Only 90-odd companies have so far agreed to provide salary figures for the civil service's comparison of private- and public-sector pay, less than half of the government's target.
The private sector's response worries staff representatives, who question whether the figures will be representative of pay scales. But government officials insist there is still a sound basis to determine whether civil-service pay has outstripped that in the private sector.
Staff unions said they would ask officials to clarify the firms' profiles tomorrow.
Watson Wyatt Hong Kong, the consultancy firm overseeing the review, two months ago invited 208 firms from seven sectors to join the survey. The study was initiated in 2003 amid concerns that government employees were being overpaid compared with their counterparts in the private sector.
The Civil Service Bureau yesterday said more than 90 companies had agreed to provide salary details.
'The response is positive. The consultants are still following up on other companies,' a bureau spokeswoman said. The consultancy had all along envisaged that a pay review would cover only between 70 and 100 companies. 'There is a sound basis for comparison,' she said.
Federation of Civil Service Unions president Leung Chau-ting said the review findings would be unacceptable if participating companies were only small and medium-sized businesses.
'I would have thought we would get responses from at least two-thirds of the companies. The government has to give us an assurance that the 90-odd companies are representative,' he said.