For the first time since minimum wage was introduced in Hong Kong in 2011, the Government has announced that there will be no increase to the current rate of HKD37.50 an hour (roughly GBP3.50). The next review of the minimum wage is set to occur in October 2022, which means that this prevailing rate will continue to apply until May 2023 at the earliest.
The Minimum Wage Commission has stated that this decision has taken into account various factors including the current economic conditions and the rising unemployment rate in Hong Kong.
Under the Minimum Wage Ordinance, employers must ensure that their employees are paid the statutory minimum wage and, if not, the employer must pay additional remuneration to make up for any shortfall for the relevant wage period.
The decision takes effect on May 1 and will apply for two years, meaning the lowest hourly wage will not increase again before May 2023 at the earliest.