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Nine regions in China raise high-temperature subsidies

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-06-25 09:41
A man wearing an umbrella-like hat visits the Summer Palace in Beijing, May 22. [Photo/IC]

Scorching heat across the country has made high-temperature subsidies a hot topic among employees as the summer heat peaks.

Among 28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions that have implemented high temperature subsidies, nine of them -- including Zhejiang, Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangxi, Tianjin and Hebei -- have raised their standards for high-temperature subsidies this summer, Beijing News reported.

After the adjustment, employees in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang will get a monthly subsidy of 300 yuan ($43.6), the highest amount in the nation.

Workers exposed to outdoor temperatures above 35 C, as well as those who work indoors in temperatures higher than 33 C are entitled to high-temperature subsidies.

In some other regions, the standard for high-temperature subsidies is set by the day. Anhui has raised its subsidy standard from 10 yuan per day to 15 yuan, while Sichuan adjusted the local standard from 8 to 12 yuan per day to 10-18 yuan.

Hebei is the only region that sets an hourly high-temperature subsidy standard. It has raised the local standard to 2 yuan per hour for outdoor workers and 1.5 yuan per hour for indoor workers, up from the previous 1.5 yuan and 1 yuan, respectively.

The duration of the subsidy also varies because climates differ in different parts of the country.

Employees in northern regions and provinces such as Beijing and Shanxi are entitled to the subsidy from June to August, while those in southern regions and provinces such as Guangdong and Guangxi can receive the subsidy from June to October. For those in the southernmost Hainan province, the subsidy is paid from April to October.

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