Work and Wages

Minimum Wage

Minimum wage is defined as the minimum labour remuneration paid by the employer required by law on the condition that the labourers have provided normal labour during the legal working hours or working hours agreed by the labour contract. Minimum wage will not include payment owed on account of overtime, special allowances paid by reason of a particular work environment or condition (e.g. shift duties, working in mines, working at high altitudes, etc), statutory employee welfare benefits, travel-related expenses, or protective clothing or equipment.

In accordance with the Labour Law, the state has to implement a system of guaranteed minimum wage. Minimum wage can be fixed by provincial, regional or municipal governments and is reported to the State Council for record. Labour Law requires that wages paid to the laborers by employing units should not be less than the local standards on minimum wages.

Minimum wages in China are determined region wise (for 31 provinces) and the highest monthly minimum wage is in the Shanghai region while the lowest minimum wage is in the Anhui region.  Minimum wages in different regions are determined and adjusted with reference to the following factors: (i) living expense; (ii) the average wage level in the society; (iii) labour productivity; (iv) employment situation; and (v) different levels of economic development between regions.

Source: §48-49 of the Labour Law 1994; § 3, 12 of the Regulations on Minimum Wages

The current minimum wage rates can be found in Minimum Wage Section.

Regular Pay

The wage payment interval may be fixed in an employment contract however it can't exceed one month. Wages are to be paid monthly in cash for standard workers and on fortnight basis  for part-time workers. Wages can't be deducted or delayed without proper justification.

An employing unit should timely pay the full amount of salary to a worker according to the specification of the labour contract or relevant State regulations. Part-time workers are paid by the hour of work within 15 days after the work is completed.

Source: §50 of the Labour Law 1994; §30 & 72 of the Labour Contract Law 2007; §5 of the Regulations on Minimum Wages

Regulations on Work and Wages

  • 1994年《劳动法》 / Labour Law, 1994