Jul. 13 – The Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Labor and Social Insurance recently issued the “Shenzhen Municipal Human Resources Market Salary Guide (2012) (hereinafter referred to as ‘Salary Guide’).” The data in the Salary Guide is based on random surveys of employees across different industries in the city.
Shenzhen’s overall high, median and low monthly wages are RMB25,830, RMB3,087 and RMB1,600, respectively, with an average of RMB3,892. According to the Salary Guide, the high and median wage figures have increased a respective 1.7 percent and 3.9 percent compared to last year, while the average and low wage figures increased by a respective 17 percent and 12.4 percent. The relatively large increase in the latter two can be attributed to the increase in minimum wages over the past few years. Continue reading
Update (January 28, 2013): See our most recent – and more comprehensive – article on China’s minimum wage levels by clicking here.
By Julia Gu
May 25 – Recently, soaring costs in China’s traditional manufacturing clusters, including land prices, tightening environmental regulations, and wage overheads, have been posing challenges for manufacturers.
The Chinese government is apparently shifting from creating preferential policies for foreign investors towards instead favoring its local labor pool due to the country’s widening income gap. In addition, wage hikes will boost domestic consumption to keep the country’s economy expanding while overseas markets remain weak.
To that end, China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security revealed the latest minimum wage levels across China in a press conference last month. The table below shows that most provinces and cities have set up minimum wage levels of more than RMB1,000. Continue reading
Feb. 22 – As wage levels in China have recently come under scrutiny (Foxconn, a key supplier for Apple, raised salaries at their China factories by 25 percent earlier this week following international criticism), the country’s actual minimum wage levels have been in place for decades and have been rapidly rising across the board.
The Chinese government, as a matter of national policy, has been increasing minimum wage levels by 15 percent to 25 percent annually for the past three years. Rates vary by region and are set by each respective local government – calculated in tandem with a number of other indicators, including relations to the local housing market. They are also set to rise over the coming years as China looks to shift its economy towards a more balanced consumer society. To achieve that goal, Chinese citizens need to have increasing levels of disposable income. Continue reading
Feb. 15 – Doling out overtime payments can be expensive for employers. With regards to paying overtime in China, employees are grouped into three categories working under different systems – the standard work hour system, the comprehensive work hour system, and the non-fixed work hour system.
The standard work hour system requires that an employee’s normal working day should not exceed eight hours, that the normal working week not exceed 40 hours, and that each employee should be guaranteed at least one rest day. Most white-collar workers in China now operate under a five-day working week, although some domestic companies still utilize a six-day working week model. Continue reading