International lawyers earn much less than lawyers in most other countries, according to a report released Wednesday by the International Bar Association, which found that lawyers are paying much more than lawyers from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
In most of the 34 countries in the report, lawyers from outside of the United Nations and Canada are paid much less per hour than international lawyers who work in the same country, and lawyers in China are paid far less than other lawyers in that country.
That gap between international lawyers and lawyers from other countries is a major reason lawyers from those countries are less likely to return to work.
The report comes as U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged to impose tough new sanctions on China for human rights abuses, while he has said he would push ahead with plans to slap hefty tariffs on Chinese goods and services.
The report says international lawyers are the largest group of lawyers in the U.K., with about 5,000 practicing in the country.
In China, international lawyers have been hit hard in recent years by a wave of labor unrest that has seen tens of thousands of workers strike for higher wages and better working conditions.
The protests have led to the deaths of more than 100 people, many of them foreign workers.
China also has become increasingly aggressive in fighting the protests.
The U.N. has accused China of violating the human rights of the people it hires to work in its embassies and consulates, but that accusation is not legally binding, and Trump has refused to condemn the crackdown.