Updated at 7.10pm: The Civil Service Bureau would suggest a pay rise of between 4 per cent and 5 per cent for civil servants for 2007-2008, a spokesman said on Monday. The news came as the government?s private-sector pay trend survey ? a study which helped determine civil-service pay adjustments ? was released. The survey, covering 91 companies in Hong Kong, had determined pay increases in three salary bands of private sector workers between April 2 last year and April 1 this year. A 4.28 per cent increase was found in the lower salary band of employees. These are workers earning below HK$14,330 a month. A 5.24 per cent rise was seen in the middle salary band workers ? who earn from HK$14,330 to HK$43,940 per month. A 5.59 per cent was found for the upper salary band ? employees earning from HK$43,941 to HK$87,430 each month. The bureau spokesman said that after validation of the results by the Pay Trend Survey Committee, officials would deduct from them the cost of increments paid to civil servants in 2006-07 to arrive at the ?net pay trend indicators?. The cost of increments was 0.37 per cent for the lower salary band; 0.62 per cent for the middle band; and 0.63 per cent for the upper band. ?The chief executive-in-council will decide the rates of adjustment, if any, to civil service pay for 2007-08 having regard to the ?net pay trend indicators? and other relevant factors, namely, the state of the economy, the government?s fiscal position, changes in the cost of living, the staff sides? pay claims and civil service morale,? the spokesman said. The pay-trend survey results are subject to validation by the Pay Trend Survey Committee next Monday. An adjustment, if any, will also need to be approved by the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council. The results reflect the pay trend in 91 companies covering 144,901 employees over the 12-month period. The survey companies comprise 72 large companies (each employing 100 or more staff) and 19 smaller companies ? each employing 50 to 99 staff. Salary for the 160,000 civil servants has been frozen to curb the government?s fiscal deficit in the previous years. Many have called for a pay review since the government has retained a surplus.