Decline in Chinese Provinces and Cities Increasing Minimum Wage Standards in 2020

SGS publishes an overview of Chinese minimum wage
standards in 2020, clearly showing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2018,
fifteen provinces and cities raised their minimum wage standards. In 2019,
seven regions raised their minimum wage standards. In 2020, only three
provinces – Fujian Province, Qinghai Province and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous
Region – increased their minimum wage standards and each of these had made the
changes before March 1, 2020.

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

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

This represents
a dramatic shift in the trend towards increasing minimum wage standards.
Shanghai City has, until 2020, raised its minimum wages levels every year for
the preceding ten years. They announced on June 19, however, that no adjustment
would take place in 2020 and therefore the monthly minimum wage standard would
remain at CNY 2,480.

Notices of
suspension were also issued by Beijing City, Tianjin City and Shandong

According to
the regulation of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the
minimum wage standard should be adjusted every two or three years. By December
1, 2020, however, a total of nine provinces and cities had not adjusted their
minimum wage standard for over three years:

  • Tianjin
  • Shanxi
  • Inner Mongolia
  • Jilin
  • Heilongjiang
  • Zhejiang
  • Hubei
  • Gansu
  • Ningxia

Shanghai remains
the region with the highest monthly
minimum wage in Class A (CNY 2,480) and Anhui is ranked last with CNY 1,550.

For an overview
of Chinese minimum wages standards (monthly and hourly) and a comprehensive
breakdown of the increases in Fujian Province, Qinghai Province and the Guangxi
Zhuang Autonomous Region, view SGS’s SafeGuard ‘
China Minimum Wage Updates in 2020’.

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