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Minimum wage set for an increase

SHANGHAI will increase the monthly minimum wage from 960 yuan (US$141) to 1,120 yuan from April 1, the Shanghai Human Resources and Social Security Bureau said yesterday.

Also, the minimum hourly payment will rise from 8 yuan to 9 yuan, the bureau said.

It's the first time the city has increased the minimum wage in two years, as Shanghai felt the financial pinch brought by the world economic downturn and aid donated to earthquake-stricken Dujiangyan City in Sichuan Province.

The last increase was announced in 2008 when the bottom-line for monthly salary was lifted from 840 yuan to 960 yuan.

Mayor Han Zheng said in January that the minimum wage would rise about 15 percent, and the increase "would take the two-year freeze into account."

Minimum wage is a compulsory payment line stipulated by the city government. Normally the government increases it every year.

Shanghai in 1995 became the first city in the country to introduce a minimum wage.


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