Hire Employees & Contractors


Compliantly hire your distributed team members in


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Hiring in


isn't so simple. Borderless can help.

To hire new employees in


, your business must have a local legal entity or an Employer of Record like Borderless in place already. Then there’s the management of local employment compliance, taxes, benefits, payroll, and more. Hiring contractors poses similar challenges.

Borderless handles all of that for you, so you can focus on getting to work with your new team member in


while staying fully compliant with local laws and compliance.

Primary Language

Mandarin, Cantonese, Hunanese


Chinese yuan (¥, CNY)

Payroll Frequency


Public Holidays

11 days

Employer Taxes

39.50% - 41.20%

Cost of Living Index

42.54 (2021)

Statutory Leave

5 - 10 days

Sick Leave

3 months

Maternity Leave

98 days

Important: Risks of misclassification

In many countries like


, the treatment of employees and contractors is different. If you misclassify a new team member, you could be subjected to penalties and fines. Let Borderless get this right for you, so you don’t have to worry.

Payment Information

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in China depends on the region. The following minimum wage is most typical:

  • 2,320 CNY: Beijing
  • 2,590 CNY: Shanghai
  • 2,200 CNY: Shenzhen

Overtime Pay

The standard working hours are 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. Overtime hours are paid at 1.5 times the employee's regular wage.

Additional Pay

  • 13th month salary: It is common for employers to pay a 13th month salary during the month of the Lunar New Year.
  • Bereavement leave: Employees are entitled to up to 3 days' leave when there is a death of an immediate family member.
  • Marriage leave: Employees who are getting married are entitled to up to 10 days' leave. This does depend on the employment agreement and region.

Payroll Cycle

For Borderless customers, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly payments on or before the last working day of each calendar month.

Employer Costs & Taxes

  • 16%: Employer Pension (maximum monthly salary base, 28,221 CNY)
  • 0.50%: Employer Unemployment Insurance (maximum monthly salary base, 28,221 CNY)
  • 9%: Employer Medical Insurances (maximum monthly salary base, 28,221 CNY)
  • 1%: Employer unemployment Insurance (maximum monthly salary base, 28,221 CNY)
  • 0.20% to 1.90%: Employer work-related Injury Insurance (dependent upon type of work being carried out) (maximum monthly salary base, 28,221 CNY)
  • 0.80%: Employer maternity Insurance (Maternity insurance has been merged into medical insurance in many cities (maximum monthly salary base, 28,221 CNY)
  • 12%: Housing Fund (In some cities excess of 12% is allowed)

Employee Costs & Taxes

  • 3%: Up to 36,000 CNY
  • 10%: 36,001 - 144,000 CNY
  • 20%: 144,001 - 300,000 CNY
  • 25%: 300,001 - 420,000 CNY
  • 30%: 420,001 - 660,000 CNY
  • 35%: 660,001 - 960,000 CNY
  • 45%: Above 960,001 CNY

Employment Information

Termination Process

Terminations in China must have a just cause established.

Notice period

The notice period in China is normally 30 days or to be pay in lieu.

Probation Period

The minimum probation period is usually 1 month and the maximum probation period is usually 6 months. However, probation period is not mandatory in China.

Severance Details

Severance pay is determined by the length of employment and it is 1 month's wage for each year the employee worked with the same employer.

Benefits of working in a country abroad

Borderless Benefits Packages in


When the world is your competition, it pays to incentivize new hires and existing alike. Borderless benefits packages typically include:

Medical Insurance
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Life Insurance
Retirement Contributions

Learn how to hire quickly and easily in


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