Half of migrant workers in Beijing earn less than 2,000 yuan monthly

15:52, March 07, 2011      

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At present, 47 percent of migrant workers in Beijing earn less than 2,000 yuan monthly, according to a survey on the living conditions of migrant workers in Beijing. This latest survey, released on Feb. 27, was conducted by the public service organization On Action during January 2011.

According to the survey, migrant workers in Beijing who earn less than 1,000 yuan monthly account for nearly 13 percent, while more than 13 percent earn a "high salary" of more than 3,000 yuan.

Apart from the low salary, migrant workers in Beijing also have relatively less education. The survey showed that 52 percent only have junior middle school education or less and only nearly 3 percent have a four-year university degree.

The survey also showed that at present, migrant workers generally think their work intensity is high. Around 43 percent said that they work between eight and 10 hours each day and more than 33 percent work more than eight hours.

According to the survey, 60 percent of workers have not signed labor contracts with their employers mainly because their employment is based on introductions from acquaintances, and they lack legal awareness.

Pay raises, affordable medical services and educational opportunities are the top expectations of the workers.

Although this group of workers work and live in the urban areas, they cannot enjoy normal urban lives because of tough conditions. This group is characterized by low wages, high-intensity labor and low risk resistance capacity. About 55 percent of respondents selected pay raises as their foremost expectation and more than 36 percent hope that the issue of inadequate and overly expensive medical services can be addressed. Furthermore, about 29 percent hope that the issue of inadequate and overly expensive education services facing their children can be solved.

Given the tough conditions of their urban lives, over 13 percent said they have plans to leave Beijing in the future.
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