Changing patterns of pay systems in China

Authored by: Qi Wei

The Routledge Companion to Reward Management

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138294264
eBook ISBN: 9781315231709
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This chapter first describes the macro pay system environment in China, in which pay systems evolved after the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was established; second highlights the key areas that have been investigated in recent empirical studies on pay practices such as pay transformation, pay disparity, and the pay–performance link; and third provides a case study example of performance-related pay (PRP) in China’s public schools. The case study illustrates the pay reform introduced to the Chinese public sector particularly its public service units (PSUs) 1 in 2009 with PRP as its central theme.

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