Students won't be earning more for summer jobs this year despite rising inflation. The pay being offered by private companies for clerical jobs this summer - as advertised at the Labour Department between April 1 and June 22 - ranges from HK$4,000 to HK$7,000 a month. 'This is similar to the salary level last summer,' a department spokeswoman said. She said the number of summer job vacancies had reached 3,300 by June 22, up 24 per cent on the same time last year. Herman Chan Ping-kong, director of careers and placement at the University of Hong Kong, also said employers were offering the same amount to summer interns this year. 'Most of the students receive about HK$6,000 a month for summer jobs, which is more or less the same as last year,' Mr Chan said. Of the 700 to 800 summer jobs the university has referred to its students, the government is paying monthly salaries of between HK$5,600 and HK$8,000 while business enterprises - apart from banks - are offering from HK$4,000 to HK$12,000. Students working at investment banks will again earn most, from HK$15,000 to HK$35,000 a month. HKU Students' Union president Steven Kwok Wing-kin said 20 per cent to 30 per cent of university students relied on their earnings from summer jobs to pay their school fees and meet their living expenses. 'Pay for summer jobs should be increased by 4 per cent to 5 per cent this year to be in line with inflation,' he said.