China: Labor freedom

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 China

Labor freedom index (0-100)

 Latest value 55
 Year 2023
 Measure points
 Data availability 2005 - 2023
 Average 61
 Min - Max 53 - 65
 Source The Heritage Foundation
For that indicator, we provide data for China from 2005 to 2023. The average value for China during that period was 61 points with a minimum of 53 points in 2010 and a maximum of 65 points in 2005. The latest value from 2023 is 55 points. For comparison, the world average in 2023 based on 179 countries is 56 points. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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China - Labor freedom - recent values

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China - Labor freedom - historical chart - 2005-2023




The Labor Freedom index for China from the Heritage Foundation reflects the various aspects of the legal and regulatory framework of the labor market in China, including the minimum wage; laws inhibiting layoffs; severance requirements; and the regulatory burdens on hiring.
Definition: The Labor freedom index is composed of six quantitative factors: ratio of minimum wage to the average value added per worker, hindrance to hiring additional workers, rigidity of hours, difficulty of firing redundant employees, legally mandated notice period, and mandatory severance pay. The index is based on data collected in connection with the World Bank’s Doing Business study.


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