China News Service April 27th report (Finance Channel, Li Jinlei). On the 25th, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security spokesperson Yin Chengji revealed that currently the highest monthly minimum wage is 1500 yuan in Shenzhen and the highest hourly minimum wage is 14 yuan in Beijing. China New Service Finance Channel hereby presents the current minimum wage standards of 32 provinces and cities.
The rankings show that as of April 26th, the highest monthly minimum wage is in Shenzhen at 1500 yuan, the second is in Shanghai at 1450 yuan, and Tianjin and Zhejiang both at 1310 yuan in third place; The four provinces/cities of Heilongjiang, Chongqing, Jiangxi, and Hainan are in the bottom four spots, all lower than 900 yuan. For hourly minimum wage, the highest is in Beijing at 14 yuan, with second and third place being Shenzhen and Tianjin, and the bottom three places belonging to Jilin, Heilongjiang, and Hainan all under 8 yuan. Worth nothing is that the monthly minimum wage in Hainan has not been adjusted since 2011, and its current 830 yuan monthly minimum wage and 7.2 yuan hourly minimum wage are both ranked last.
14 provinces and cities adjusted their minimum wages in 2012
From 2012 January 1st, Beijing, Sichuan, Jiangxi, and Shaanxi took the lead in adjusting their minimum wages. Beijing city’s minimum wage was adjusted from 1160 yuan each month to 1260 yuan, with non-full-time employee hourly minimum wages increased from 13 yuan per hour to 14 yuan. Sichuan province’s monthly minimum wage was adjusted from 850 yuan each month to 1050 yuan, with non-full-time employee hourly minimum wages adjusted from 8.9 yuan to 11 yuan. Jiangxi province’s minimum wage was adjusted to 870 yuan/month and 8.7 yuan/hour for part-time workers. Shaanxi province adjusted the minimum wage upwards with full-time workers earning 1000 yuan/month and part-time workers earning 10.0 yuan/hour.
From February 1st, the minimum wage for full-time workers in Shenzhen was raised to 1500 yuan/month while the hourly minimum wage for part-time workers was increased to 13.3 yuan/hour.
From March 1st, the monthly minimum wage in Shandong province was increased from the previous 1100 yuan, 950 yuan, and 800 yuan to 1240 yuan, 1100 yuan, and 950 yuan. Hourly minimum wages have been set at 13 yuan, 11 yuan, and 10 yuan.
From April 1st, the monthly minimum wage for Shanghai city workers was adjusted from 1280 yuan to 1450 yuan, while the minimum hourly wage from adjusted from 11 yuan to 12.5 yuan. The monthly minimum wage in Tianjin city increased from 1160 yuan to 1310 yuan, and the minimum hourly wage was adjusted from 11.6 yuan to 13.1 yuan. The monthly minimum wage in Guangxi was increased from 820 yuan to 1000 yuan, and the minimum hourly wage was also increased from the original 6 yuan to 8.5 yuan. The monthly minimum wage in Ningxia was adjusted from 900 yuan to 1100 yuan, while the hourly minimum wage was adjusted from 9 yuan to 11 yuan. The monthly minimum wage in Gansu province was increased to 980 yuan, and its hourly minimum wage was increased to 10.3 yuan. The monthly minimum wage in Shanxi province was adjusted upward to 1125 yuan, while its hourly minimum wage was increased to to 6.5 yuan.
No further adjustments for Hainan and 3 other provinces/cities since 2010
2011 December 29th, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security Minister Yin Weimin said in a national human resources and social security conference that a total of 24 provinces adjusted their minimum wage during the year with an average increase of 22%.
However, Hainan, Heilongjiang, and Tibet did not join in. At present, the minimum wages in effect for Hainan, Heilongjiang, and Tibet are still those following the 2010 July 1st adjustment.
Among them, the current monthly minimum wage in Hainan is 830 yuan while the hourly minimum wage is 7.5 yuan, ranked at the very bottom. Heilongjiang’s current monthly minimum wage is 880 yuan, and its hourly minimum wage is 8.5 yuan. Tibet’s current monthly minimum wage is 950 yuan, and its hourly minimum wage is 8.5 yuan.
According to reports, Hainan has already put raising the minimum wage on its agenda. Heilongjian too has proposed a normalizing wage growth mechanism where worker income levels are to reasonably and quickly increase, with over 13% annual average minimum wage increases, so that the minimum wage will reach 40% or more of the average wages of local urban workers.
According to China’s “Minimum Wage Regulations”, the minimum wage of every region must be adjusted at least once every two years.
According to a Lhasa Evening News report, the Tibet Autonomous Region released in February the “Tibet Autonomous Region Minimum Wage Regulations” requiring that the minimum wage be timely adjusted when change occurs in the factors used to determine the minimum wage. The minimum wage must be adjusted at least once every two years.
According to a Hebei Youth Daily report, Hebei Province will timely formulate and release guidance on the minimum wage and wage growth this year. Preliminary considerations have the minimum wage to be adjusted upward no less than 15% to progressively reach 40% of the average wages of local urban workers. It is reported that the last adjustment in Hebei was made 2011 July 1st. (China News Service Finance Channel)