In April, Shanghai and Shanxi have both raised the minimum wage. As of now, 13 provinces or cities raised the minimum wage requirement. Among them, Shanghai’s 1,620 yuan/month leads the country, but Jiangxi Province implemented the highest increase rate 41.4%.
At present, 13 provinces, i.e. Shanghai, Guangdong, Tianjin, Zhejiang, Beijing, Shandong, Shanxi, Henan, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Gansu, Shaanxi, Guizhou (autonomous regions and municipalities) raised its minimum wage. The average increase rate is 16.9%.
It is reported that, only Guangdong set the effective day as May 1st for the implementation of the new standard, the remaining 12 provinces have all put the revised minimun wage into operation. Fujian, Anhui, Liaoning and other provinces and cities also made it clear that they will timely adjust the minimum wage this year.
Last year, 24 provinces across China adjusted the minimum wage, 22% on average. Human Resources and Social Security departments of the State Council last year approved the “Employment Promotion Plan (2011-2015)” which stated that China will further reform the wage and income distribution system, the annual minimum wage growth rate needs to be greater than 13% on average from 2011 to 2015.