Hong Kong Announces Immediate Minimum Wage Increase

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May 12—The statutory minimum hourly wage rate increased to HK$32.50 ($4.19) from HK$30.00 ($3.86), the Hong Kong Information Services Department announced May 1. The increase became effective on the day it was announced.

Under Hong Kong's Minimum Wage Ordinance, all Hong Kong employees are protected by the statutory minimum wage whether they are monthly-rated, daily-rated, hourly-rated, piece-rated, permanent, casual, full-time or part-time, and regardless of whether or not they are employed under a continuous contract as defined in the Employment Ordinance, the Information Services Department said.

Exceptions to the Minimum Wage Ordinance include student interns, work experience students during a period of exempt student employment, live-in domestic workers and employees not covered by the Employment Ordinance, such as crew members of a ship not registered in Hong Kong.

If May 1, 2015, falls within a wage period for an individual receiving the old minimum wage amount, then the new wage will only apply to an hour worked on or after May 1, 2015, the Labor Department said.

The minimum wage announcement by the Hong Kong Information Services Department is available at: http://www.news.gov.hk/en/categories/school_work/html/2015/05/20150501_105556.shtml.

A Labor Department guide on the statutory minimum wage is available at: http://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/news/mwo.htm