China’s Minimum Wage Levels Remain Stable in Response to Epidemic

Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security released the Minimum Wage
Standards for All Regions on April 26, 2020. The figures go up to March 31,
2020 and show that, broadly, minimum wage levels have remained stable.

March 31, 2020, only three regions have increased their minimum wage standards:

  • Fujian province
  • Qinghai province
  • Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region

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province puts its increases into force on January 1, 2020. They have reduced
the number of classes to four. The current monthly and hourly per class, are:

  • Class A: CNY 1,800 and CNY 18.5
  • Class B: CNY 1,720 and CNY 18
  • Class C: CNY 1,570 and CNY 16.5
  • Class D: CNY 1,420 and CNY 15

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province also put into force its increase on January 1, 2020. In this case,
only the monthly minimum wage was raised, with a 13.3% increase to CNY 1,700.

The increases
Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region came into effect on March 1, 2020. The monthly
minimum wage was raised by CNY 130 for all classes – A to C – and the hourly
rate was raised by between 9.3% and 12%.

should note that Beijing’s Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Board issued
a notice of suspension on the adjustment to minimum wage levels on July 14,
2020. A similar announcement was made by Tianjin on March 9. These are being
issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact.

latest minimum wage figures show that six provinces and cities now have Class A
levels above CNY 2,000. They are:

  • Shanghai – CNY 2,480
  • Beijing – CNY 2,200
  • Guangdong – Guangzhou CNY 2,100 & Shenzhen CNY
  • Tianjin – CNY 2,050
  • Jiangsu – CNY 2,020 (Changzhou, Nantong, Nanjing,
    Suzhou, Taizhou, Wuxi, Yangzhou and Zhenjiang)
  • Zhejiang – CNY 2,010 (Hangzhou, Ningbo and Wenzhou)

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looking at hourly minimum wages, Beijing ranks first with CNY 24, although
Shanghai, Tianjin and Guangdong also rose above CNY 20 per hour.

The legal minimum wage
level is the lowest amount an employer can pay a worker to carrying out their
duties within legal standard working hours, or specific working hours in
accordance with their employment contract. It comes in two forms:

  • Monthly minimum wage – for
    full-time employees
  • Hourly minimum wage – for
    part-time and temporary employees

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