In a bid to boost margins, JD.com is reducing salaries for its more than 100,000 deliverymen across the country by shifting to a commission-based payment scheme and reducing benefits.

The news began circulating widely on Chinese professional networking service Maimai over the weekend, the latest development for the e-commerce giant following a series of layoffs, executive resignations, and—most recently—rumors about founder Richard Liu’s impending divorce.

JD.com will replace its couriers’ fixed base salaries with commission-based compensation starting in June, according to Chinese media reports. In the meantime, it will lower contributions to employee housing funds to 7% from 12%, which still meets the minimum 5% set by the government. The shift in compensation could result in wage reductions, as the order target is “a bit hard to complete,” according to anonymous employees quoted by Chinese media.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen