Updated at 6.26pm: Middle managers and professionals in Hong Kong averagely enjoyed a 2.4 per cent rise in their salary in June compared with a year earlier, figures released on Tuesday showed. The Census and Statistics Department figures showed middle managers and professionals in major sectors had monthly salaries raised by between 0.1 per cent and 5.8 per cent in June over the same period last year. However, a department spokesman said that after discounting the increase in consumer prices during the period, their salary level fell by 0.1 per cent. He said that in real terms, monthly salaries for managers and professionals in financial institutions and insurance firms recorded a 3.2 per cent rise, while managerial staff in manufacturing, electricity and gas sector had a 1.2 per cent increase. Decreases ranging from 0.1 per cent to 2.4 per cent were registered in the building and construction and related trades sector, the wholesale, retail and import/export trades sector, and the transport, storage and communications sector, the spokesman said. Many senior employees in Hong Kong had their salaries considerably cut during the past few years when the territory?s economy was in recession. Recent surveys show companies are raising salaries in a recovery boosted by an influx of tourism and improving retail business.