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Hong Kong

Volume 33: debated on Monday 6 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will publish a table to compare average wages in Hong Kong with those in other South-East Asian countries.

A comparative table is set out as follows, but any true comparison is extremely difficult because the method of calculating the wage rates is not the same for each country. It is not possible to standardise these with the information now available.

Actual Monthly Wage Rates in US Dollars

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

Hong Kong167·18187·46206·44235·82242·58
Indonesia52·7255·77
Korea, Republic of142·91191·96246·93241·48258·69
Philippines53·4564·5170·50
Singapore114·40130·00150·80171·60
Taiwan145·89172·48210·22255·39