The minimum monthly salary standard in six Chinese cities and provinces has passed 2,000 yuan (US$ 298), according to data released by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.
Workers in Shanghai get the highest minimum monthly salary of 2,420 yuan, while those in Beijing get the highest minimum hourly rate of 24 yuan. As required by the government, employers should set a minimum monthly payment for full-time staff and a minimum hourly rate for flexible employment workers.
Among the 31 Chinese provinces and cities, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangdong, Tianjin, Jiangsu and Zhejiang have minimum monthly salary standards above 2,000 yuan. However, in some provinces there may be two or more tiers of minimum monthly salary standards.
For example in Guangdong province, the first tier minimum monthly salary standard is 2,100 yuan, while in Shenzhen the number is 2,200 yuan.
As for the minimum hourly rate, Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Guangdong have the highest standards in China. In Beijing, employers pay at least 24 yuan per hour, Shanghai pays 21 yuan and Tianjin and Guangdong are 20.8 yuan and 20.3 yuan.