In terms of company size, companies with 101 – 200 staff offered the highest number of annual leave (16 days). The overall average number of annual leave offered by the surveyed companies is 14.3 days.
In terms of business sectors, the highest number of average annual leave offered were found in Financial Services (18.4 days), Laboratory (18.3 days) and Telecommunications (17.1 days).
In terms of employee levels, the average number of annual leave was 17.5 days for top / senior management, 14.8 days for middle management / non-managerial professionals , 12.6 days for supervisory / officers and 11.7 days for clerical / frontline staff.
In dealing with unused annual leave, 36% of surveyed companies forfeit all the unused annual leave, 29% of them allow a certain proportion of unused annual leave to be carried over to next year, while 31% of them allow all unused annual leave to be carried over to next year. Only 2% of them convert the unused annual leave to a lump sum payment.
58% of surveyed companies provide sick leave with allowance equivalent to the full average daily wages. 34% of them provide full-paid sick leave for a specified number of days, then sick leave with allowance equivalent to four-fifths of the average daily wages of the employee. 6% follow the minimum requirement of Employment Ordinance, which is to provide allowance equivalent to four-fifths of the average daily wage of the employee.
Most common type of leave offered in 2014:
Among other types of leave, marriage leave is the most common type of leave offered by employers. Among the surveyed companies, 78% provided such leave in 2014. This is followed by compassionate leave (75%) and paternity leave (42%).
Most common type of leave expected to be newly offered in 2015:
12% of the companies plan to offer paternity leave in 2015, while, 8% of respondents are going to introduce family leave and birthday leave in 2015.
Least common type of leave offered in 2014:
Graduation leave and community service leave are the least common types of leave provided. Only 6% of the surveyed companies offered such leaves in 2014.
Among surveyed companies which offer paternity leave, about one-third (31%) of them offer 3 days of paternity leave. A total of 45% of them offer 1-2 days. 10% of the surveyed employers offer more than 7 days of paternity leave.
Among the respondents, 17% have implemented flexible working hours in their workplace, another 16% of the companies plan to introduce this practice in 2015.
Among companies that have implemented flexible working hours, 41% of them allow employees to work in flexible time given that a fixed number of working hours per day is fulfilled. Home-office is another popular flexible working hour policy adopted by 29% of respondents.
Most common types of plan offered in 2014:
The most common types of insurance plan offered in 2014 are clinical (out-patient service) (84%), followed by hospitalization (81%) and Chinese Bonesetters consultation and Chinese medical practitioners consultation (81%).
Most common types of plan expected to be newly offered in 2015:
In 2015, 6% of surveyed companies plan to offer medical check-up, and another 5% of them plan to offer personal accident insurance and life insurance.
Least common type of plans offered in 2014:
Medical check-up is the least common type of plan currently offered, with only 36% of respondents claimed that they offered such benefits recently.
42% of respondents currently provide overtime compensation, another 6% of employers plan to do so in 2015.
Among companies which provide overtime compensation, the most common type is in the form of compensation leave. 71% of respondents provide overtime compensation by means of compensation leave. Other common types include hourly payment (40%) and taxi allowance (36%).
Among the respondents, a total of 71% provide staff training, in which nearly half (47%) of them provide both in-house and outsourced training for their employees. 5% of the companies that are not providing training now plan to do so in 2015.
Providing education allowance is becoming more common among surveyed companies. 41% of them provided education allowance for their employees in 2014, and 8% intend to do so in 2015.
Among all other benefits, transportation allowance was the most popular benefits offered by employers in 2014. 46% of respondents provide transportation allowance for travelling outside HK during normal working days, while 20% of respondents provide transportation allowance for travelling within HK.
Other common benefits
Other common benefits are pension fund / retirement plan (11%) and cash housing allowance (10%).