Youth Employment

Information about the work opportunities and regulations for teenagers, students and school leavers in China...

The minimum employment age in China is 16 years. The only exceptions to this are in the fields of literature, special crafts, art and physical culture, where a minor may be employed with approval from the government authorities.

However, child labour does persist as a problem, despite heavy fines for those caught employing minors aged under 16 years.

Minimum wage

There is no national minimum wage in China. Instead, the minimum wage is set by local governments.

Youth unemployment

Youth unemployment in China has risen in recent years and the unemployment rate for new graduates is currently around 12 percent. General unemployment rates have risen due to a lack of graduate-level jobs in China's still predominately manufacturing economy. Young people make up the majority of the unemployed.