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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Civil service pay report received

The Civil Service Bureau said that the Government today received Report No. 66 of the Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries & Conditions of Service, which sets out the recommendation of not proceeding with Stage 2 of the 2019 Civil Service Pay Level Survey.


After considering the standing commission's recommendations as well as the views of stakeholders and relevant factors, the Chief Executive-in-Council will make a decision on the way forward for the pay level survey.


The commission has completed Stage 1 of the survey and made its assessment and recommendations on whether to proceed with Stage 2 in the report.


The bureau said that as the decision of whether to proceed with Stage 2 of the survey may have implications on the civil service as a whole in future, the Government will consult the staff side, the Standing Committee on Disciplined Services Salaries & Conditions of Service, the Standing Committee on Directorate Salaries & Conditions of Service and the Legislative Council Panel on Public Service.


In accordance with the improved pay adjustment mechanism implemented since 2007, civil service pay is compared with market pay through three different types of surveys: the six-yearly pay level survey; the annual pay trend survey to ascertain the year-on-year pay adjustment movements in the private sector; and the Starting Salaries Survey as and when necessary in response to specific circumstances.


The standing commission decided in 2020 to accept the Government's invitation to conduct a new round of the civil service pay level survey and resolved to adopt a two-stage approach.


Stage 1 comprises the necessary groundwork, including to review and set the survey methodology and scope, to compile the list of civil service benchmark jobs and to ascertain the major responsibilities of relevant jobs.


In Stage 2, pay related data will be collected from the private sector for analysis and formulation of recommendations.

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