Over half of China's provincial areas raise minimum monthly pay

Date: October 25, 2012
Source: Xinhua News
Author: Deng Shasha

BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Eighteen of the mainland's 31 provincial-level regions raised the minimum monthly wage by an average of 19.4 percent year-on-year by September.

China to prevent wage defaults for migrant workers

Date: October 26, 2012
Source: China Daily
Author: Xinhua

BEIJING -- The government will carry out a campaign to prevent wage defaults for migrant workers from rural areas, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said Thursday.

Exporters adjusting to rising wages

Date: November 1, 2012
Source: China Daily
Author: Mark Williams

For years, the abiding view of China has been of a workshop powered by waves of young migrants able to out-compete workers elsewhere in the world because of their low wages. This image is becoming increasingly wide of the mark.
The wage of an average migrant worker in China has quadrupled in US dollar terms since China joined the World Trade Organization at the end of 2001. The average Chinese factory worker now earns more than twice as much as his or her counterpart in Indonesia or Vietnam.

Income gap between the sexes widening

Date: November 28, 2012
Source: China Daily

The income gap between men and women in China is growing partly because of gender inequality, particularly in the job market, according to a survey.
In 2010, urban women's income was 67.3 percent that of men's and rural women's income was 56 percent that of their male counterparts, the survey found. The ratios were 77.5 percent and 79 percent in 1990.

Increasing disparity despite income increases in rural China

Wealth gap in rural China nears warning level

Source: China Daily
Date: 22 August 2012
Author: unknown

While the incomes of Households in rural China have increased on average over the past three years, this has also been accompanied by a widening wealth gap among rural households. The total income of the top 20 per cent of the rural households was estimated to be more than 10 times that of the bottom 20 per cent. The wealth gap in west China is also found to be bigger than in the eastern part of the country. As a result the Gini coefficient in rural China stood at 0.3949 last year, approaching the warning level of 0.4 set by the United Nations.


Minimum wage adjustments in China

Shenzhen has the highest minimum wage

Source: China Daily
Date: 10 August 2012
Author: Wei Tian

18 local governments have recently increased their minimum wage level that they are required to increase at least once every two years. The highest minimum wage is paid in Shenzhen (1,500 Yuan or USD 236), Shanghai (1,450 Yuan), and the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region (1,340) while the lowest are found in the Jiangxi province.


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