Bei­jing sets high­est hourly wage: $2.90

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Bei­jing set its min­i­mum wage stan­dard at 18.70 yuan ($2.90) start­ing on Mon­day, the high­est in the coun­try, the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­sources and So­cial Se­cu­rity (MOHRSS) said on Tues­day.

China’s north­east Hei­longjiang province’s min­i­mum wage of 11 yuan per hour makes it the low­est in the coun­try, the min­istry said.

Nine­teen re­gions on the main­land in­creased their min­i­mum wage at an av­er­age rate of 14.1 per­cent in 2014, said the MOHRSS, adding that growth was faster than the planned an­nual av­er­age growth rate, but slower than the pre­vi­ous three years.

China is ex­pected to achieve its av­er­age an­nual min­i­mum wage growth tar­get of 13 per­cent for the fiveyear pe­riod end­ing in 2015.

City and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments have the au­thor­ity to set the min­i­mum wage stan­dards; 27 re­gions raised the min­i­mum wage by an av­er­age of 17 per­cent in 2013, while min­i­mum wage hikes in 25 re­gions sur­passed 20 per­cent on av­er­age in 2011 and 2012.

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