'European' salaries in pre-war Hong Kong?
I wonder if anyone can give me some information on salary increases in pre-war Hong Kong?
I'm struck by the fact that in 1924 Thomas Monaghan (executed for resistance activity on October 29, 1943) was given a rise by Canadian Pacific (he was Catering Superintendent) and his pay went up to (Canadian) $466.67 per month. In 1926 the company added a $100 living allowance. And that was it. He was still earning the same sum in 1940.
It's probable prices didn't rise very much once the depression hit Hong Kong (about 1931) but my understanding is they were rising quite quickly once the refugees started to arrive (1938).
So what happened to 'European' salaries in general during the 1920s and 1930s?
BTW, a Canadian dollar was worth about 3.6 HK dollars.