The Shenzhen government has been increasing investment in infrastructure facilities to improve public services, quality of life and social welfare.
The annual average salary paid to Shenzhen workers was 44,633.30 yuan in 2015, up 6.7% from the previous year.
The per capita annual living expenditure last year was 32,359.2 yuan, up 9.8% from the previous year. The Engel coefficient, or proportion of income spent on food, was 32% for urban residents.
Since March 1, 2015, the city's minimum wage has increased to 2,030 yuan per month and 18.5 yuan per hour.
The city has established a public health insurance system that covers almost every resident. In 2015, 12.13 million residents were included in the basic health insurance system. A total of 8.71 million people bought the basic old-age pension, 9.99 million people bought work-related injury insurance and 5.95 million people bought birth insurance, up 1.3%, 1.1% and 2.4% respectively from the previous year.
Shenzhen takes the national lead to reform the present social welfare system and build a fair network that benefits most residents. By the end of 2015, Shenzhen had 30 welfare houses. There were 6,054 beds in the welfare houses. The basic living allowance was raised from 415 yuan to 800 yuan. In 2015, 36.88 million yuan of basic living allowance was given out.
WELFARE AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
There were 10,100 social organizations in the city by March 31, 2015. Among them, 4,397 were welfare associations, 4,044 were NGOs and 132 were foundations.
In September 2015, 160,000 people and 896 institutions and programs attended the China Charity Fair organized by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, Guangdong Provincial Government and Shenzhen Municipal Government. At the fair, 438 projects reached cooperation agreements, involving 5.08 billion yuan.