Nation's wealth 'not reflected in our wages'

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 July, 2007, 12:00am

Almost two-thirds of mainlanders said their incomes lagged behind the country's economic growth, despite official claims that urban workers were seeing their wages rise rapidly, the media reported yesterday.

The China Association for Labour Studies said wages grew on average by more than 12 per cent each year between 2002 and last year. But a China Youth Daily survey suggests that 64.7 per cent of 1,604 respondents from 29 mainland provinces and other administrative units thought their wages were not keeping pace with economic growth.

More than 85 per cent of respondents claimed their annual wage growth was far below 12 per cent, while more than 7 per cent said the value of their wages was declining, the report said.

More than half of those interviewed said the rapid rise in wages probably came from the pay packets given to state monopoly employees.

Political scientist Hu Xingdou said the survey showed that while salaries had increased, the wealth gap was growing.