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Views on review of Statutory Minimum Wage rate invited

The following is issued on behalf of the Minimum Wage Commission:

     The Minimum Wage Commission (MWC) today (April 11) commenced a six-week public consultation to invite views from various sectors of the community, including members of the public and stakeholders, on the review of the Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW) rate.

     The MWC adopts an evidence-based approach in conducting the review of the SMW rate. Apart from analysing relevant statistical data, the MWC conducts extensive consultation to fully consider views of the community regarding the review of the SMW rate.

     Relevant reference information and data have been uploaded to the MWC's website ( The information and data are for reference only and do not imply that the MWC has any preconceived stance or has come to any conclusion on its recommendation about the SMW rate. Reference can also be made to the 2015 Report on Annual Earnings and Hours Survey released by the Census and Statistics Department, which is available at the department's website (

     Various sectors of the community are welcome to forward their views on the review of the SMW rate to the MWC by fax to 2110 3518; by email to; or by post to 1/F, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong, on or before May 22, 2016.

     The MWC is tasked to report to the Chief Executive in Council its recommendation about the SMW rate. In performing its function, the MWC must have regard to the need to maintain an appropriate balance between the objectives of forestalling excessively low wages and minimising the loss of low-paid jobs, and the need to sustain Hong Kong's economic growth and competitiveness.

Ends/Monday, April 11, 2016
Issued at HKT 10:01


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