China, officially the People’s Republic of China, is the largest of all Asian countries with the largest population in the world. It has 33 administrative units directly under the central government, consisting of 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four municipalities, and two special administrative regions. It is the world’s largest producer of rice and is among the principal sources of wheat, corn (maize), tobacco, soybeans, peanuts (groundnuts), and cotton.

 

*Please note that the official currency is the currency of remuneration when employed through WorkMotion in China.

Hauptstadt :
Beijing
Währung :
Renminbi (¥, CNY)
Gesprochene Sprachen :
Mandarin Chinese
Einwohnerzahl :
1.41 billion (2021 est.)
Mindestlohn :
No national, only regional minimum wages
Lebenshaltungskostenindex :
$$ (80 of 139 nations)
Payroll Frequency :
Monthly
Mehrwertsteuernormalsatz :
6%
reales BIP-Wachstum :
8.1% (2021 est.)

Statutory Holidays

There are seven national holidays celebrated over a number of days in China.

The national holidays mentioned below are valid for the year 2022.

Date
Holiday Name
Extra Information
January 1-3
New Year’s Day (元旦)
January 31-February 6
Spring Festival (春节)
Movable
April 3-5
Ching Ming Festival (清明节)
Movable
April 30-May 4
Labor Day (劳动节)
June 3-5
Dragon Boat Festival (端午节)
Movable
September 10-12
Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节)
Movable
October 1-7
National Day Holiday (国庆节)

Contract Sharing Time


The approximate time for sharing the contract with an employee in China is 6 business days assuming no special requests or changes to our standard employment contract. Any such requests or changes would need to undergo internal and external review, directly leading to a time delay.

NOTE: This number is subject to change and is only an estimation of the Contract Sharing Time. The estimated Contract Sharing Time begins from the moment that WorkMotion has received all required information from both the client and the employee.

What You Need To Know


  • There is no national minimum wage in China. Each Chinese province defines its own minimum wage.
  • Social security contribution rates in China vary per location and local regulations.
  • An employer must apply to the social insurance agency for social insurance registration for its employees within 30 days from the date of employment.
  • The employment contract must be in the Chinese language, though a translated English version is common.
  • The length of paternity leave, maternity leave, and marriage leave in China vary per specific locale.
  • Currently, China has no specific law regulating remote work, except for legislation passed specifically in response to COVID-19.
  • As of May 31, 2022, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China has announced that all small, medium, and micro-enterprises in eligible areas that have temporary difficulties in production and operation due to the epidemic will gradually postpone the payment for pension insurance, unemployment insurance, and work-related injury insurance. The period of deferred payment will be implemented in stages until the end of 2022.

Labor Conditions


Working Hours

Employees work no more than eight hours per day and 44 hours per week, and employers must ensure that employees have at least one day off each week.

Overtime

Due to the needs of production and operation, the employer may extend the working hours after consultation with the trade union and the workers, generally not exceeding one hour per day.

If the working hours need to be extended for special reasons, under the condition of ensuring the health of workers, the extended working hours must not exceed three hours per day and 36 hours per month.

Overtime is paid at 150% of employees’ salaries.

Probation Period

If the contract is less than three months or only for completing a specific task within a specific term, no probationary period is allowed.

For contracts of at least three months, the probation period varies from one to six months depending on the length of the employment contracts:

Length of Employment ContractsProbation Period
3 months and more but less than 1 yearUp to 1 month
1 year or more but less than 3 yearsUp to 2 months
3 years or more and indefinite termUp to 6 months
Termination Notice Period

The termination notice period depends on whether or not the employee is on probation as follows:

Probation StatusEmployer Notice PeriodEmployee Notice Period
During probationNot allowed*3 days
Post probation30 days or pay in lieu of notice*30 days

*However, if the employee is proved to be unqualified for employment during the probation period, employers may dismiss them without notice.

**The pay in lieu must be based on the employee’s previous monthly salary.

Leave / Time Off

Annual Leave

Employees who have worked continuously for more than one year are entitled to paid annual leave. During the annual leave, employees enjoy the same salary as during normal work. The amount of annual leave depends on the employees‘ length of employment:

Length of EmploymentAnnual Leave
Less than 1 year0 days
1 year but less than 10 years5 days
10 years but less than 20 years10 days
20 years15 days

Sick Leave

Sick leave ranges from three to 24 months depending on the employee’s length of their entire professional career and their years of working experience with the current employer:

Employees‘ Entire Professional CareerEmployees‘ Working Experience with Current EmployerSick Leave Entitlements
Less than 10 yearsLess than 5 years3 months
5 years or more6 months
10 years or moreLess than 5 years6 months
5 years or more but less than 10 years9 months
10 years or more but less than 15 years12 months
15 years or more but less than 20 years18 months
20 years or more24 months

Parental Leave

There is no national requirement for parental leave, but local regulations might stipulate parental leave. The following is the stipulated parental leave by Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou:

CitiesParental Leave (Per Year)Compensation
Shanghai5 working days for each parent before the child reaches 3 years old100% of normal wage
Beijing5 working days for each parent before the child reaches 3 years old

  

100% of normal wage
Guangzhou10 working days for each parent before the child reaches 3 years oldIn accordance with relevant national and provincial regulations

 

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to 98 days of maternity leave, starting from 15 days before childbirth. Maternity leave is paid either by the employer or the maternity insurance fund.

Local jurisdictions may provide additional maternity leave. The following is the locally required maternity leave for Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou:

CitiesMaternity Leave (Per Year)Compensation
Shanghai158 days100% of normal wages
Beijing158 daysAt least 100% of normal wages
Guangzhou178 days100% of normal wages

 

Paternity Leave

There is no statutorily required paternity leave, but local governments may offer paid paternity leave. The following is the locally required paternity leave for Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou:

CitiesPaternity Leave (Per Year)Compensation
Shanghai10 days100% of normal wages
Beijing15 daysAt least 100% of normal wages
Guangzhou5 days100% of normal wages

Other Types of Paid Leave

Marriage Leave(婚假)

Employees are entitled to a marriage leave of up to three days. But local jurisdictions vary.

 

Bereavement Leave (丧假)

Employees are entitled to a bereavement leave of up to three days.

 

Single Child Leave to Take Care of Elderly Parents (独生子女护理假/陪护假)

There is no central legislation on this leave, but many local regulations provide such leave for people who are the single child of their families. The leave amount varies per local jurisdiction.

 

Unpaid Leave

There is no statutory unpaid leave in China.

Statutory Benefits

The state establishes social insurance funds to enable workers to obtain assistance and compensation in the event of old age, illness, work-related injury, unemployment, childbirth, etc. Foreigners who are employed in China must also participate in social insurance. Social insurance includes:

  • Pension insurance (基本养老保险);
  • Medical Insurance (基本医疗保险);
  • Unemployment insurance (失业保险);
  • Work-related injury insurance (工伤保险);
  • Maternity insurance (生育保险);

Social security contribution rates in China vary per location and local regulations. The following are employer monthly contributions for Beijing and Shanghai in 2022:

Employer Social Insurance Contribution Rates*
CategoriesShanghaiBeijing
Pension insurance16%16%
Medical insurance

(includes maternity insurance)

10.5%9.8%
Unemployment insurance0.5%0.5%
Work-related injury insurance**0.16-1.52%0.2-1.9%
Total27.16-28.52%26.5-28.2%

*The base pay is the total monthly salary of employees.

**Work-related injury insurance rates differ depending on the type of work being carried out.

Health Insurance

Employers must enroll their employees in mandatory medical insurance (基本医疗保险), funded by both the employer and the employee. The contribution rates vary across local jurisdictions. Many major cities have combined both medical and maternity insurance, requiring employers to only contribute to the medical insurance, while entitling the employees to both medical and maternity benefits.

The following table summarizes the mandatory employer contribution rates for medical insurance for Shanghai and Beijing in 2022:

CitiesEmployer Contribution Rates*
Shanghai10.5%
Beijing9.8%

*The rates include maternity insurance contributions as well.

Accident Insurance

Employers must enroll their employees in mandatory work-related injury insurance (工伤保险), funded by the employer only. The contribution rates are determined by the state and vary across and within industries. The following table summarizes the mandatory employer contribution rates for work-related injury insurance for Shanghai and Beijing in 2022:

CitiesEmployer Contribution Rates
Shanghai0.16-1.52%
Beijing0.2-1.9%
Unemployment Insurance

Employers must enroll their employees in mandatory unemployment insurance (失业保险), funded by both the employer and the employee. The contribution rates vary per specific locale. Employers contribute 0.5% to unemployment insurance for employees in Shanghai and Beijing in 2022.

Public Pension

The retirement age for private enterprise employees is 60 years old for males and 55 years old for females. Employers must enroll their employees in mandatory pension insurance (基本养老保险), funded by both the employer and the employee. Employer contribution rates vary per specific locale. Employers contribute 16% to the pension insurance for employees in Shanghai and Beijing in 2022. 

Other Statutory Benefits

Housing Provident Fund (住房公积金)

Contribution rates to the housing provident fund vary per local regulations in China. The following summarizes the contribution rates for Shanghai and Beijing in 2022:

CitiesShanghaiBeijing
Contribution rates5-7%5-12%

Disclaimer

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