An employer must enter into an individual written employment contract with each full-time employee. If the employment contract was not concluded within one month of starting work, the worker is entitled to 200 per cent of the salary. If no contract was signed within one year of the start of work, it is anticipated that the parties have entered into a permanent employment contract. Representative offices are not authorized to employ their employees directly. Instead, they must claim the services of temporary employment agencies.
The minimum wage
In most cities, the minimum wage is about 30 percent of the average wage, while it is only 24 percent in the capital Beijing. Workers who receive the minimum wage can sometimes double their basic income by accumulating a lot of overtime.
Chinese laws set standard working hours: Workers are not supposed to work more than eight hours a day and 40 hours a week. However, alternative working time systems are also possible.
Workers are entitled to five to 15 days of annual leave, depending on the length of employment. However, it is common practice for foreign investors to
automatically grant workers ten days of annual leave from the start. In addition, employees are entitled to eleven public holidays per year.
Female employees receive at least 98 days of maternity leave, starting 15 days before the calculated date of birth. In the event of a difficult birth, maternity leave is extended for an additional 15 days. If more than one child is born at birth, there is an additional 15 days of maternity leave for each additional child.