Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW) has come into force since 1 May 2011. With effect from 1 May 2015, the SMW rate is raised from $30 per hour to $32.5 per hour.

The Chief Executive in Council has adopted the recommendation of the Minimum Wage Commission to raise the SMW rate to $34.5 per hour. Subject to approval by the Legislative Council, the revised SMW rate will take effect from 1 May 2017.

Press release on Chief Executive in Council’s acceptance of recommendation on Statutory Minimum Wage rate

Guidelines and Calculator on Statutory Minimum Wage:

Student interns and work experience students during a period of exempt student employment:

Note: Please click here for the version of publications with the SMW rate set at $30 per hour (applicable for the period from 1 May 2013 to 30 April 2015), including Concise Guide to Statutory Minimum Wage; Statutory Minimum Wage: Reference Guidelines for Employers and Employees; Statutory Minimum Wage: Industry-specific Reference Guidelines; and Statutory Minimum Wage: Notes for Student Employees and Employers.

Employees with disabilities:

Employees with disabilities enjoy the same protection but they also have the right to invoke productivity assessment to determine whether they should be remunerated at not lower than the SMW rate or at a rate commensurate with their productivity. For details, please refer to the following information or click here.

Minimum Wage Ordinance, Chapter 608:

TV Announcements relating to Statutory Minimum Wage:

Radio Announcements relating to Statutory Minimum Wage:

Videos relating to Statutory Minimum Wage:

Minimum Wage Commission:

  • The Minimum Wage Commission is an independent statutory body established under Part 3 of the Minimum Wage Ordinance.