Minimum wage in China

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Map of hourly minimum wages across China, 2014[1]
   ¥9.00–¥9.99
   ¥10.00–¥10.99
   ¥11.00–¥11.99
   ¥12.00–¥12.99
   ¥13.00–¥13.99
   ¥14.00–¥14.99
   ¥16.00–¥16.99
   ¥17.00

As different parts of China have very different standards of living, China does not set one minimum wage for the entire nation. Instead, the task of setting minimum wages is delegated to the local governments. Each province, municipality, or region sets its own minimum wage in accordance with its own local conditions. According to the country's Employment Promotion Plan, minimum wages are supposed to increase in accordance with local living standards by at least 13 percent through 2015 and be no less than 40 percent of the average local wages. Minimum wages under such policies increased by an average 12.6 percent rate between 2008-2012. However, the growth rate of minimum wage levels decreased in 2016, reflecting the Chinese government’s effort to reduce pressure on enterprises resulting from the uneven growth between labor costs and production rates.[1][2][3]

The overall trends for the change of minimum wage levels diverge across provinces, with much smaller increases in developed regions and more rapid growth in less developed regions. From June 2015 and June 2016, 22 regions made changes to their minimum wage levels. In 2016, the average growth rate dropped to 14.5 percent from 17 percent in 2015. It is noteworthy that the Guangdong provincial government announced that it would maintain 2015 minimum wage levels in 2016 and 2017, and the minimum wage growth rate in Shanghai has decreased from 12.3 in 2015 to 8.4 percent in 2016. Guizhou province stands out as the region carrying the most significant hike of minimum wage levels in 2016, 55 percent.

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Minimum wage levels by jurisdiction[edit]

The table below lists monthly and hourly minimum wages by province and wage districts. Provinces are divided into different wage districts: Guizhou, for instance, is divided up into Class A, B, and C, which each have their own minimum monthly and hourly wage. Note: these figures do not take into account deductions, such as pensions or social insurance.[1][2]

Minimum Wages Across China[1]
Region Districts Monthly Minimum Wages (RMB¥)[4] Hourly Minimum Wages (RMB¥)[5] Comments
Anhui A
B
C
D
1520
1350
1250
1150
16
14
13
12
Beijing 1720 18.7
Chongqing A
B
1500
1400
15
14
Fujian A
B
C
D
1500
1350
1230
1130
16
14.3
13
12
Gansu A
B
C
D
1470
1420
1370
1320
15.5
15

14.4
13.9

Guangdong
A
B
C
D
2030*
1895
1650
1350
1210
18.5*
18.3
15.8
13.3
12
*Shenzhen independently sets its own minimum wage.
Guangxi A
B
C
D
1400
1210
1085
1000
13.5
11.5
10.5
9.5
Guizhou A
B
C
1600
1500
1400
17

16

15

Hainan A
B
C
1430
1330
1280
12.6
11.7
11.3
Hebei A
B
C
D
1480
1420
1310
1210
15
14
13
12
Heilongjiang A
B
C
D
1480
1270
1120
1030
14.2
11.5
10.8
10
Henan A
B
C
1600
1450
1300
15
13.5
12
Hong Kong
(see Minimum wage in Hong Kong)
32.50 HKD
(about 27-28 CNY)
Hubei A
B
C
D
1550
1320
1225
1100
16
15
14
12.5
Hunan A
B
C
D
1390
1250
1130
1030
13.5
11.9
11.4
10.7
Inner Mongolia A
B
C
D
1640
1540
1440
1340
13.3
12.5
11.7
10.9
Jiangsu A
B
C
1770
1600
1400
15.5
14
12
Jiangxi A
B
C
D
1530
1430
1340
1180
15.3
14.3
13.4
11.8
Jilin A
B
C
1480
1380
1280
13.5
12.5
11.5
Liaoning A
B
C
1530
1320
1200
15
13
10.8
Ningxia A
B
C
1480
1390
1320
14
13
12
Qinghai A
B
C
1270
1260
1250
12.9
12.8
12.7
Shaanxi A
B
C
D
1480
1370
1260
1190
14.8
13.7
12.6
11.9
Shandong A
B
C
1600
1450
1300
16
14.5
13
Shanghai 2190 19
Shanxi A
B
C
D
1620
1520
1420
1320
17.7
16.6

15.6
14.5

Sichuan A
B
C
1500
1380
1260
15.7
14.4
13.2
Taiwan
(see Minimum wage in Taiwan)
22,008 TWD
(about 4300-4350 CNY)
120 TWD
(about 23-24 CNY)
Tianjin 1850 18.5
Tibet 1400 13
Xinjiang A
B
C
D
1670
1470
1390
1310
16.7
14.7
13.9
13.1
Yunnan A
B
C
1570
1400
1180
14
13
12
Zhejiang A
B
C
D
1860
1660
1530
1380
17
15.2
13.8
12.5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Mia Yiqiao Jing (26 May 2016). "A Complete Guide to 2016 Minimum Wage Levels Across China". China Briefing. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Rainy Yao and Edoardo Rosettani. "A Complete Guide to 2015 Minimum Wage Levels Across China". May 26, 2015. China Briefing. 
  3. ^ "China promises rise in minimum wage to close income gap". BBC. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "中华人民共和国人力资源和社会保障部". www.mohrss.gov.cn. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  5. ^ "中华人民共和国人力资源和社会保障部". www.mohrss.gov.cn. Retrieved 2016-01-18.