The introduction of Lump Sum Grant has transformed the resources management of the Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the social service sector, especially in human resources management. NGOs are given the freedom to manage their staff structure, staff-mix and the level of salary and benefits under the new funding mode.
NGOs of the welfare sector are entering into the post-Tide-Over Grant (TOG) period. With regard to the expenditure in salary and benefits, it usually carries over 70% of the total expenditure of an organization. To facilitate NGOs in determining the levels of salary and benefits with flexibility to meet their organizational requirements, more relevant information regarding the remuneration and benefits policy and strategy of the sectors should be made available.
The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (the "HKCSS") commissioned Stat Solutions Co. to conduct the HKCSS NGOs Salary Survey 2013 (the "Survey") among the Agency Members of HKCSS. The Survey intends to provide participating Agency Members more comprehensive and updated sector-wide information on the salary and benefits offered by the participating Agency Members to their staff.
During 2005-2008, the pay data did not cover "snapshot staff" of participating Agency Members receiving subvention from the Social Welfare Department of HKSAR Government. In 2009, due to the completion of TOG, more organizations reviewed their salary scales. Therefore the pay data covered has expanded to those Agency Members who do not strictly follow the Master Pay Scale (the "MPS") in their remuneration and benefits design.
The results of the Survey aim to provide reference information to assist the Participating Agency Members in positioning their remuneration and benefits strategies to attract, reward and motivate staff and revamping the relevant human resources management practices to meet the challenging operating environment.
We have 94 Agency Members participating in the survey this year, which is the highest response rate since the survey was launched in 2003. Of these 94 participating Agency Members, 15 members are new participants.
In order to collect more comprehensive information on pay scale structure, both starting and maximum salaries for each specified job offered by the participating Agency Members have been introduced on the questionnaire since 2012. As a result, it gives a better understanding among the participating Agency Members on the salary scale of that particular job in the market.
- The analysis of benefit has not been conducted this year as it is to be done bi-annually.
- These are staff on the recognised establishment of NGOs’ subvented service units as at 1 April 2000. Their terms and conditions of employment are guaranteed provided that they remain employed by the same NGO and have not been regraded or promoted to another rank.