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Half of Shanghai workers earn less than 3,000 yuan

HALF of the Shanghai residents polled recently in a survey earn less than 3,000 yuan (US$457) per month and 38 percent of them said they would be happy if they get a pay rise every year, according to the survey released today.

The survey, made by Shanghai University and Wenhui Daily, interviewed 228 shanghai residents through random phone calls.

About 49 percent of them have a salary below 3,000 yuan; another 43 percent earn between 3,001 yuan and 6,000 yuan.

Four percent report a salary between 6,001 yuan and 10,000 yuan, and another 4 percent are making more than 10,000 yuan per month.

"The survey shows that Shanghai people are very practical," said Yuan Hao, a researcher at Shanghai University's Social Science Research Center.

"They consider an annual wage increase, rather than a high salary, the main factor for their happiness," he said.

Excellent social welfare came second as 27 percent of the interviewees said they would be happy if they could enjoy good social welfare. Another 17 percent said a fair distribution of wealth would make them happy.

To the question what they were unhappy about, 29 percent blamed the current income tax system; 29 percent pointed at the huge income gap between industries; 27 percent complained about their low salaries; and 15 percent resented the salary gap in their companies.

According to the survey, 28 percent of interviewees wanted the government to raise the city's minimum wages and 38 percent asked the government to limit the salaries of state enterprises with market monopoly.

About 24 percent said the government should reform its income tax system and 20 percent said state enterprises should contribute more tax to the country.


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