Can You Make Some Extra Money From The Heatwave?

Certain professions are entitled to bonuses when the temperature gets hot enough – do you? 

It’s not just you, all of China is struggling through the current heatwave. It has become so hot, that more than a few writers are professing love for their air conditioners.


Beijing is no exception. We all know it’s blazing hot – but is it hot enough for you to get a bonus?


According to Chinese labor laws, from June through September, certain professions must receive a “High Temperature Allowance” if it reaches over 33 degrees. Do you qualify?


Unfortunately, if you’re reading this article in an air-conditioned office, chances are you don’t qualify. The allowance only applies to workers particularly exposed to the heat, including metal workshops, manufacturing, foundries, glass and ceramics furnaces, open-air construction sites, sports stadiums, power plants, boiler rooms, and similar jobs.


The “High Temperature Allowance” is not the “Heat Stroke Prevention Subsidy.” The “Heat Stroke Prevention Subsidy” has less formal restrictions than the “High Temperature Allowance,” and compensation can take the form of cash, cold drinks, or something else.


While you might not qualify, depending on what industry your business is in, some of your workers may qualify. Under Chinese labor laws, you must provide them with compensation. Workers in China also have heat-related accident and sickness related insurance. A failure to properly compensate any employee who suffers from heat stroke or any other heat-related problems could lead to a large fine.


We suggest that as you check to see if any of your workers qualify for a “High Temperature Allowance,” you turn up the air conditioning, grab a cold drink, and appreciate that Beijing is far from the hottest city in China.  




With Contributions from Phillip Shattan


ECOVIS Beijing is a Sino-German consultancy focusing on accounting, audit, legal and tax advisory for foreign SMEs and start-ups in China.  If you have further questions regarding Chinese labor law, please do not hesitate to contact us via


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Richard Hoffmann

Richard Hoffmann is a partner at ECOVIS Beijing China. Richard obtained an honors degree in law and worked in Germany, the United States, and China for various prestigious law firms prior to joining ECOVIS. In addition to being a member of the board of ECOVIS International, he is Supervisor for the China business of a respected German company and shares his extensive knowledge to students by teaching commercial law in China at SRH Hochschule Heidelberg. He has published more than fifty articles in international magazines, frequently speaks at high profile events in China and abroad and is often invited as a legal expert by international TV stations. Contact:

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