About 13,500 HSBC staff have been promised an average pay rise of two per cent for next year and will be given a two-week bonus this year. A spokeswoman said the rise was in line with the economic recovery. Staff would have slightly different pay increases depending on their performance. The rise will be given to non-executive staff in January and executives in April. The bank said a number of organisations had indicated they would also give a pay rise of up to two per cent. 'The bank has chosen the top of this range,' the spokeswoman said. The rise follows a two-year pay freeze at HSBC. In September, the Employers' Federation proposed that member companies give a pay rise of up to two per cent, in line with the improved economy. Since then, a number of corporations such as the MTRC and New World First Bus have announced pay rises. But Pacific Century CyberWorks HKT staff earning more than $10,000 a month have been told they would not have an end-of-year bonus. The PCCW Employees' Union said the decision, announced on Wednesday two days before the application deadline for the voluntary redundancy scheme, dealt a blow to morale and was unfair. 'What I understood was that the telephone side of the business was still making a lot of money, and that the referred cut in profits was more to do with the PCCW's operations,' union secretary Fan Kwok-fai said. Last year, staff earning more than $10,000 - about 80 per cent of HKT's 14,000-strong workforce - received a bonus equivalent to one week's pay. Those earning less than $10,000 were given a month's pay. Mr Fan said the response to the voluntary redundancy scheme, offered to roughly 3,000 people who had been with the company for more than 20 years, had been lukewarm since it opened for applications on November 20. He said pay and conditions with HKT were good, and staff had no guarantee of finding a job elsewhere with comparable benefits, adding: 'Moreover, it is usually very difficult to find a job at this time of the year, which is complicated by the fact that there is presently not much job demand from other telecommunication companies.' He expects less than 10 per cent of all eligible workers to have enrolled in the programme when the deadline expires tonight. Hong Kong Telephone Co Ltd Staff Association chairman Ip Kwok-fun said: 'I am very worried what will happen after Friday if the employer is not satisfied with the programme's response. Perhaps there may be other forms of retrenchment exercises.'