Manufacturing Employment and Labor Compensation in China
The scale of manufacturing employment in China dwarfs that in other countries; China’s manufacturing sector has shed surplus workers from inefficient state-owned factories, while increasing employment in the private sector. On the basis of published earnings data, estimated compensation ratios, and estimated hours, China’s manufacturing employees averaged about 57 cents compensation per hour worked in 2002; there was wide variation between urban and rural workers.
Judith Banister is a consultant working with Javelin Investments in Beijing, China. She
is former head of the International Programs Center at the U.S. Census Bureau. E-mail: Judith_Banister@yahoo.com