China’s over 3 million couriers earn average monthly pay of $912, survey shows
The number of couriers in China’s booming e-commerce business has reached over 3 million, with average monthly pay of around 6,200 yuan (or $912), according to a recently released report.

The China Business Network Data and, one of the largest private retailers in China jointly published the 2018 Insight Report on Couriers, offering detailed information on the background, career prospects and social contribution of the couriers.

China’s surging online retail market has led to a rapid expansion of the express delivery sector. According to the report, business volume of the sector has grown 57 percent since the year 2016, with 49 billion parcels expected to be dispatched in 2018. And, from 2016 to 2018, the number of couriers has increased by 50 percent to reach 3 million.

Data from the State Postal Bureau indicates the operational performance of courier companies in China has been greatly improved, with their total business revenue occupying 6.2‰ of the Growth National Product in Q1. The burgeoning industry’s contribution to the overall economic growth amounts to 1 percent of the GDP.

Jiangsu, Guangdong, Shandong, Henan and Zhejiang are China’s most populated provinces which are also the main source of couriers. The top five cities in terms of the number of delivery people are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Nanjing in 2018.

Although most of the delivery people were born in the 1980s, younger people and more women are also joining the force. It’s noteworthy, according to the report, that couriers in the country are better educated now. Suning logistics data shows that from June 2017 to June 2018, the number of couriers with university diploma had almost doubled.

It was previously reported that a lot of couriers could earn up to 10,000 yuan (or $1,470) per month. The insight report said such high pay was not common, noting that 80 percent of the couriers would work extra hours in order to earn more commission and their average monthly pay is around 6,200 yuan.

Residential and office buildings, college campus and business districts are venues most frequently visited by couriers. The report estimates 20 couriers could usually serve a community of 10,000 people. In an era of intelligent retailing, 94.2 percent of them provide home delivery, and have become an indispensable part of communities, by making urbanites’ lives more convenient.  

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