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[4]
Region Districts Monthly Minimum Wages (RMB¥)[5][6] Hourly Minimum Wages (RMB¥)[5][7] Comments
Anhui A
B
C
D
1520
1350
1250
1150
16
14
13
12
Beijing - 2200[8][9] 24[10]
Chongqing A
B
1800
1700[11]
18
17
Fujian A
B
C
D
E
1700
1650
1500
1380
1280
18
17.5
16
14.6
13.6
Gansu A
B
C
D
1620
1570
1520
1470
17
16.5
15.9
15.4
Guangdong
A
B
C
D
2200*[12]
2100
1720
1550
1410
20.3*[13]
18.5
16.4
15.3
14
*Shenzhen independently sets its own minimum wage.
Guangxi A
B
C
1680
1450
1300
16
14
12.5
Guizhou A
B
C
1680
1570
1470
18
17
16
Hainan A
B
C
1670
1570
1520
15.3
14.4
14
Hebei A
B
C
D
1650
1590
1480
1380
17
16
15
14
Heilongjiang A
B
C
1680
1450
1270
16
13
12
Henan A
B
C
1900
1700
1500
19
17
15
Hubei A
B
C
D
1750
1500
1380
1250
18
16
14.5
13
Hunan A
B
C
D
1580
1430
1280
1130
15
13.4
12.4
11.6
Inner Mongolia A
B
C
D
1760
1660
1560
1460
18.6
17.6
16.5
15.5
Jiangsu A
B
C
2020
1830
1620
18.5
16.5
14.5
Jiangxi A
B
C
1680
1580
1470
16.8
15.8
14.7
Jilin A
B
C
D
1780
1680
1580
1480
17
16
15
14
Liaoning A
B
C
D
1620
1420
1300
1120
16
14
11.8
10.6
Ningxia A
B
C
1660
1560
1480
15.5
14.5
13.5
Qinghai - 1500 15.2
Shaanxi A
B
C
D
1800
1700
1600
1380[14]
16.8
15.8
14.8
13.8
Shandong A
B
C
1910
1730
1550
19.1
17.3
15.5
Shanghai - 2420[15] 21[16]
Shanxi A
B
C
D
1700
1600
1500
1400
18.5
17.4
16.3
15.2
Sichuan A
B
C
1780
1650
1550
18.7
17.4
16.3
Tianjin - 2050 20.8
Tibet - 1650 16
Xinjiang A
B
C
D
1820
1620
1540
1460
18.2
16.2
15.4
14.6
Yunnan A
B
C
1670
1500
1350
15
14
13
Zhejiang A
B
C
D
2010
1800
1660
1500
18.4
16.5
15
13.6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 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.
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