Established under the Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap.608), starting from 2011, the Minimum Wage Commission serves an important role in Hong Kong in being tasked with the function of reporting to the Chief Executive in Council its recommendation on the Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW) rate which has significant impact on various aspects such as the labour market, society and the economy.
An SMW rate was first introduced in Hong Kong in May 2011. The SMW rate was revised in May 2013 and May 2015, with a further revised rate of $34.5 per hour effective from 1 May 2017.
In performing its function, the Commission has regard to the need to maintain an appropriate balance between forestalling excessively low wages and minimising the loss of low-paid jobs and to sustain economic growth and competitiveness.
The Commission comprises members from the labour sector, the business community, academia and Government who bring with them diverse expertise and experience. I am honoured to be the Chairperson of the Commission and to serve Hong Kong in this important mission. With the support and commitment of all members of the Commission, I am confident that the Commission will continue to discharge its statutory function well and contribute to Hong Kong.
You are most welcome to visit the Commission's webpage to learn more about our work.
Priscilla WONG, BBS, JP