12 provinces, cities raise minimum wage

14:27, April 06, 2011      

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Zhejiang Province raised its minimum wage standard from 1,100 yuan per month to 1,310 yuan per month starting April 1.

A total of 12 provinces and cities in China have adjusted their minimum wage standard in first quarter of 2011.

Statistics show that most provinces and cities that adjusted the minimum wage standard are located in eastern China.

In regards to the minimum wage level, Zhejiang Province in eastern China has surpassed Shanghai to become the province with the highest minimum wage in China.

In terms of the growth rate of the minimum wage, over half of the aforementioned provinces and cities increased more than 20 percent and the minimum wage of Chongqing increased nearly 28 percent, ranking first in the current adjustments.

The adjusted minimum wages of eight provinces and cities in eastern China out of the total 12 provinces and cities that currently adjusted the minimum wage standard exceeded 1,000 yuan.

Experts said that eastern China is an economically-developed area, and its processing and export bases require a high-quality labor force. Therefore, wage increases became inevitable in order to attract talented workers.

In addition, labor shortages have surfaced in cities such as Hangzhou and Ningbo in Zhejiang Province after the Spring Festival 2011.

By Zhang Hongyu, People's Daily Online
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