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The media find out how much Xi Jinping's salary increased

The increase in the salary of the Chinese leader occurred three years ago

Photo: SCMP

/NOVOSTIVL/ Complaints about low pay among China’s 40 million civil servants, at all levels of government, are nothing new but in recent years the government has been boosting its bureaucrats’ incomes in a move some people have linked to a wider anti-corruption campaign. This article appeared in the South China Morning Post.

The November 2015 pay rise was the first in nine years for China’s bureaucrats, with some basic salaries doubled or even tripled. The increase was also backdated to October 2014.

The lowest ranked national civil servants saw the two major components of their basic salary rise from a combined 630 yuan to a combined 1,320 yuan. Those in the highest rank – including President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang – saw their pay increase from 7,020 yuan to 11,385 yuan.

New rules were also introduced to give civil servants increases every two years, starting in 2016 when combined basic salaries rose roughly 300 yuan at the lowest level and about 3,000 yuan at the highest.

In 2018 civil servants saw a further rise in pay of between roughly 200 yuan to 2,000 yuan.