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SOCIAL SECURITY FOR FOREIGN sTAFF IN CHINA

Last Updated: Jan. 3, 2017

[ NEWS! ] A new rule on foreign employees’ social security in effect starting October 15, 2011. It is said that if a company hires a foreign employee, the company shall register this employee with the local social security authority within 30 days of the employee receiving their work permit. :

Social Security registration in China

WHEN

STARTING OCT. 15, 2011

 

WHO APPLIES:

Includes foreign staffs employed by Chinese and overseas-funded enterprises, social groups, law firms and foundations registered in China, as well as foreign workers assigned to China by overseas registered companies 
"All foreign employees who work in China for longer than six months must be included in the social security system," According to Xu Yanjun, deputy director of social security center with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

 


HOW TO CALCULATE?

For salaries higher than RMB 11,688, the social securities figure is 47% x RMB 11,688. 
For salaries lower than RMB 11,688, the social securities figure is 47% x Actual Salary. 

 

WHAT IF I DO NOT HAVE AN EMPLOYMENT PERMIT?

For example, a China company’s Legal Representative does not have to apply for an employment permit. According to our resources, only a foreign employee with an employment permit is able to register in the local social security system. At this moment, the status of those without employment permits is unclear. Please check with Path to China in the future as this situation may change.

 

CAN I GET THE MONEY BACK AFTER I FINISH MY EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT IN CHINA?

Yes, you will be able to. However, we are waiting for more guidance on the procedures for reclaiming unused social insurance contributions.  

WHAT IF I DO NOT DO THE SOCIAL SECURITIES REGISTRATION?

In the past, if a company failed to register social security for its local employees, it would face penalties. They will likely face penalties if they fail to register foreign employees going forward. 

 

COST FOR SOCIAL SECURITIES REGISTRATION?

Please contact us for the price if you need PtC to assist in registering you and other foreign employees with the local social security authorities. Find our contact information on the right of this page.

 

MORE DETAILS:

The rate is supposed to be same as the rate for local employees: total 48% of salary (11% paid by employees and 37% paid by the company). However, the basic figure has been increased to 11,688 RMB**

For instance:
If a employee gets a salary of RMB 20,000/month, the monthly social securities should be 11,688 x 48% = RMB 5,610 (company pays: RMB 4,324; employee pays: RMB 1,298)
If a employee gets a salary of RMB 10,000/month, the monthly social securities should be 10,000 x 48% = RMB 4,800
(Company pays: RMB 3,700; employee pays: RMB 1100)

** RMB 11,688 is a figure according to last year’s salary statistics in Shanghai
For salary higher than RMB 11,688, the social securities figure is 47% x RMB 11,688. 
For salary lower than RMB 11,688, the social securities figure is 47% x Actual Salary. 

 

 

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