About 40 per cent of clerical workers and professionals say they should be given a pay rise of at least 10 per cent this year, a survey has found. The Hong Kong Clerical and Professional Employees General Union interviewed 735 workers in September and November on their pay-rise expectations. Some 40.8 per cent said they should have a salary increase of 10 per cent to 12 per cent this year. The respondents work in finance, insurance, accounting, education, securities, banking, wealth management, clerical work and retraining. Despite the much improved economy, 34 per cent said their salaries had been frozen for many years, while 17 per cent said they had only a 1 per cent to 3 per cent pay rise last year. Six per cent had a pay cut. More than 30 per cent said they had considered finding another job because they were discontented with their salaries. Another 30 per cent said they did not feel a sense of belonging at their company because of pay issues. Twenty-six per cent said they wanted to seek jobs in the finance sector, in securities, banking, property and accounting. The union urged employers to share the fruits of economic success with employees and improve benefits to retain talented workers. 'It is reasonable for employees to have pay-rise expectations, as the inflation rate is now over 3 per cent and food prices alone have already shot up by 30 per cent,' it said.