Two-thirds, or 67.7%, of Shanghai residents said they are they are either “dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with their wages, according to a poll published by the Shanghai General Survey under the National Bureau of Statistics.
The opinions were collected from 2,531 Shanghai residents. For 29% of the respondents, wages increased in 2010, while 50.4% said their pay hadn’t changed.
Taken altogether, employees in Shanghai earn more than their peers in other parts of the country.
The average monthly wage for a Shanghai worker was RMB3,566 (US$541) in 2009, making it the highest in the country. And it is still increasing.
China.org.cn reports that Shanghai’s consumer price index, a gauge of inflation and price levels, increased by 3.1% last year. Food prices accounted for 7.7% of the rise.