Psychologists depressed by pay levels
Clinical psychologists have called on the government to reform their pay structure, which they say discriminates against experienced practitioners. The Hong Kong Clinical Psychologists Association expressed disappointment with a recent government pay-rise package, although this had seen starting salaries rise from HK$27,765 to HK$34,895 a month. They said caseloads had increased by 62 per cent between 1998 and 2006 but the number of clinical psychologists had increased by only 27 per cent, to 69. The association feared an exodus to the private sector, where psychologists can make up to HK$80,000 a month.