Shenzhen's minimum wage highest among Chinese cities

The growing rich-poor divide has been an area of big concern in China, where rise in minimum wage to close income gap is promised. Photo:



Shenzhen, a major city in southern China’s Guangdong province, will raise its minimum wage by 100 yuan to 1,600 yuan a month from March 1, the municipal human resources and social security bureau announced yesterday.


That will make the city’s minimum monthly wage the highest among all Chinese cities.


Shenzhen’s minimum hourly salary will be enhanced to 14.5 yuan starting from March 1, according to the bureau.


“The rise of the minimum wage will help alluring more human resources to develop Shenzhen’s economy and will promote the enhancement of enterprises’ innovative capabilities and core competitiveness,” said an official from the bureau, adding that the authorities will clamp down on the enterprises violating the minimum wage standards.


Guangdong’s capital city Guangzhou announced Tuesday that it will raise its minimum monthly pay by 19.2 percent to 1,550 yuan from May 1, second only to Shenzhen, with minimum hourly pay to be lifted from 12.5 yuan to 15 yuan.


7 provinces and municipalities including Beijing, Zhejiang province, Henan province, Shaanxi province and Guizhou province have raised their minimum wages this year.


Beijing’s minimum wage has risen to 1,400 yuan per month from 1,260 yuan.


Other provinces and municipalities such as Tianjin, Jiangxi province, Anhui province and Gansu province also said they will raise their minimum wages at proper time this year.


Some people, however, complain that their real consumption power is substantially declining because the rise of the minimum wages has always lagged behind that of commodity prices, appealing to the government to establish a standardized wage increase mechanism.


According to a document about the income distribution reform issued by the State Council, the adjustment of the minimum monthly wage should be based on factors such as economic situation and changes in prices, and the minimum monthly wages of workers in large areas of China by 2015 will be no less than 40 percent of the average wages of workers in urban areas and townships.


China as a whole aims to increase the nationwide minimum monthly wage by 13 percent annually before 2015, according to a central government plan announced in 2012.


The average growth rate of the minimum monthly wages in 25 provinces reached 20.2 percent last year, according to statistics the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security released on January 25.


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