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Sunday, January 19, 2014

China Foreign Teachers Union: China Foreign Teacher Salaries/Pay Almost Lowest In The World

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The Huffington Post has just recently confirmed what we have been complaining about for 2 years - the pay of foreign teachers in China is 40% less than the world average and is not keeping pace with other professions in China. Now only 17 countries pay teachers lower wages in the world than China  (Scroll down for all 7 charts)




 CHINA
The total population of China has reached 1.45 billion. Of this, the economically active population was 785.79 million at the end of 2011. At that time, China’s workforce hit 764.2 million people, with 359.14 million employed in urban and 405 million in rural China. The number of migrant workers stood at 252.78 million, with an increase of 10.55 million from 2010. Among the migrant laborers, about 158.63 million worked outside of their home province. Regarding the sectors, primary industry accounted for 34.8 percent of total employment, while secondary industry represented 29.5 percent, and tertiary industry had a share of 35.7 percent. The unemployment rate in urban China stood at 4.1 percent, and the number of unemployed persons reached 9.2 million. Employment forecasts by the Ministry of Labor project annual growth to average 3.2% per annum over through 2015. Approximately 1.6 million foreigners are employed in China. Of those, foreigners teachers account for 82% with average salaries of 16,500 yuan per month. Average salaries for professional foreigners is 52,000 yuan per month. Currently, expat foreign teachers are the lowest paid foreigners in China.

The above information was obtained from China's Ministry of Labor. The below chart was compiled by independent CFTU research conducted by our volunteer staff over the last six months based on random surveys of 500 ESL teachers working abroad in the countries researched. This may explain why fewer teachers are coming to China. CFTU members can obtain a copy of the complete report by sending an email to admin@ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org.

2013  ESL Teacher Survey


The numbers above in the left column equate only to average monthly salaries in thousands of USD. The good news is that Chinese society still respects teachers as much as doctors and airline pilots. If only we could pay our mortgages and car payments with prestige!


Below is the average pay of primary school teachers by country as compiled by UBS HR's Department. The first figure represents Annual Gross Income. The second figure represents after-tax income, and the last number represents the hours worked per week.

Amsterdam
$48,400
$32,600
39
Athens
$26,200
$19,400
30
Auckland
$35,700
$30,300
40
Bangkok
$8,300
$8,000
43
Barcelona
$41,300
$31,300
38
Beijing
$11,400
$9,100
40
Berlin
$56,900
$39,800
40
Bogotá
$11,100
$10,200
43
Bratislava
$11,300
$8,900
41
Brussels
$44,000
$26,700
38
Bucharest
$5,600
$4,000
40
Budapest
$8,900
$7,100
40
Buenos Aires
$8,700
$7,100
40
Cairo
$1,600
$1,300
36
Caracas
$10,500
$9,800
36
Chicago
$49,300
$38,500
39
Copenhagen
$86,500
$52,200
38
Delhi
$4,500
$3,900
41
Doha
$22,300
$22,300
47
Dubai
$35,900
$35,900
37
Dublin
$57,100
$45,700
32
Frankfurt
$60,900
$46,100
39
Geneva
$89,600
$66,700
36
Helsinki
$48,000
$33,800
37
Hong Kong
$52,500
$47,800
44
Istanbul
$14,800
$11,000
40
Jakarta
$2,700
$2,600
43
Johannesburg
$17,700
$14,400
40
Kiev
$3,800
$3,500
32
Kuala Lumpur
$10,400
$8,700
35
Lima
$6,300
$5,300
44
Lisbon
$32,000
$23,100
31
Ljubljana
$29,000
$20,500
40
London
$55,700
$39,800
36
Los Angeles
$55,700
$46,600
38
Luxembourg
$113,300
$88,200
26
Lyon
$33,900
$26,700
35
Madrid
$29,100
$22,800
28
Manama
$19,800
$19,600
40
Manila
$3,400
$2,300
43
Mexico City
$8,400
$7,400
40
Miami
$63,500
$51,700
43
Milan
$32,800
$21,800
23
Montreal
$56,700
$38,500
35
Moscow
$11,900
$10,500
40
Mumbai
$3,800
$3,500
36
Munich
$51,200
$38,500
40
Nairobi
$4,000
$3,200
45
New York
$62,900
$50,400
43
Nicosia
$47,400
$40,800
33
Oslo
$61,500
$39,500
36
Paris
$38,700
$29,500
31
Prague
$13,200
$10,700
40
Riga
$8,400
$6,000
40
Rio de Janeiro
$13,700
$12,200
40
Rome
$30,600
$22,100
25
Santiago de Chile
$15,400
$12,300
38
São Paulo
$10,600
$9,500
33
Seoul
$65,400
$44,300
43
Shanghai
$12,200
$10,100
40
Sofia
$4,700
$3,500
34
Stockholm
$46,600
$34,800
40
Sydney
$57,400
$46,200
39
Taipei
$25,600
$23,100
42
Tallinn
$11,400
$9,200
35
Tel Aviv
$20,700
$17,700
40
Tokyo
$78,200
$59,800
44
Toronto
$82,900
$49,900
38
Vienna
$44,700
$31,900
39
Vilnius
$10,500
$8,000
38
Warsaw
$11,900
$8,500
25
Zurich
$104,600
$81,600
42


Here's another easy to read pie chart we "borrowed" from Mercer - the second largest HR company in the world. We also obtained one from Fesco in Chinese but the figures are less than 3% different, so we are not going to post it here. If anyone wants the Fesco chart in Chinese, please send us an email.



And this is from The New York Times...


When reading job ads on the internet, most forums and agents posting on the forums and message boards will always refer applicants to this link below:




in an effort to trick you into believing these are the normal average salaries for China. But if you look very carefully you will see the small print that says "2005". These are the salaries from 8 years ago!

One Last Chart Compliments Of ExpatArrivals.com (Thank You)


Table of Expat Salaries in China (2011 to 2012)



Industry


Job/Position/Years Experience


Annual Salary (USD)


Annual Salary (RMB)



Accounting/Finance


Chief Financial Officer / 15+ Years


240K


1.5M


Accounting/Finance


Finance or Accounting Manager / 8+ Years


48K


300K


Accounting/Finance


Financial Analyst / 7+ Years


55K


350K


Advertising/Communciations


Media Director / 10+ Years


110K


700K


Advertising/Communciations


Account Manager / 3+ Years


32K


200K


Advertising/Communciations


English Copywriter / 4+ Years


44K


280K


Banking/Financial Services


Top-Level Positions / 10+ Years


190K+


1.2M+


Banking/Financial Services


Mid-Level and Junior Positions / 3+ Years


48 to 110K


300 to 700K


Education


ESL Teacher / 0 Years


7K


44K


Education


ESL Teacher / 3+ Years


8K


50K


Human Resources


Manager / 6+ Years


80K


500K


IT/Telecommunications


Project Manager / 8+ Years


80 to 140K


500 to 900K


IT/Telecommunications


Developer / 7+ Years


95K


600K


Legal


International Law Firm / 6+ Years PQE


205K


1.3M


Legal


In-House Corporate Lawyer / 6+ Years


95K


600K


Property/Construction


Architect / 5+ Years


80K


500K


Property/Construction


Project Manager / 8+ Years


110K


700K


Property/Construction


Engineer  / 5+ Years


22K


140K


Sales/Marketing


Managing Director / 20+ Years


315K+


2M+


Sales/Marketing


Mid-Level Manager / 7+ Years


48 to 110K


300 to 700K


Sales/Marketing


Front Office Manager / 5+ Years


36K


230K






*Note further that these are aggregated amounts of an average expat salary in the private sector in China: if you work for a small firm or company, expect to earn a little less; if you work for a large firm or company (or better yet, a foreign company), expect to earn a little more. The amounts quoted also assume a fair amount of relevant work experience – as a foreign worker in China, a minimum of 8 years is preferred.

Saving potential for expats in China...


For many expats, the question of whether or not to emigrate to China will depend on their saving potential – i.e. how much money they can 'bank' at the end of every month, after paying tax and  covering accommodation and living expenses. For highly qualified and skilled expats, this is not so much of a concern, with about 25 percent of expats in China earning in the region of USD 200K a year. For those seeking mid-level employment in China, however, the following factors should be taken into consideration: 


  • Although China's cost of living is famously low – with youthful ESL teachers known to live on about RMB 3,500 (USD 500) per month – your expat salary package remains very important. Try to negotiate the best possible deal for yourself, as often the 'perks' of your contract will decide whether a move to China is financially viable for you or not.

  • Although many Chinese employers won't provide an accommodation stipend, some will. You're doing well if they offer you something in the region of RMB 12,000 (USD 2,000) per month.

  • Health insurance for foreign workers in China is quite expensive, and if this is provided in your salary package, it will save you at least RMB 1,300 (USD 200) per month.

  • The issue of whether or not the company will provide for education expenses is often the 'deal-breaker' for expat families planning a move to China. The price of good-quality international education is astronomical – as much as RMB 1.2M (USD 200K) per year in the most extreme cases.

  • Bear in mind, too, that most expats will be taxed around 20% of their monthly salary in China, but that this can rise to 40% for high earners.

  • Note that as a foreign worker in China, you will be expected to work very hard for your money, and that the intensity of the Chinese workplace can be a bit overwhelming for some expats.

  • Remember that although working in China might not be as financially rewarding as working in other expat destinations, such as the Middle East or Russia, there are some wonderful cultural benefits to such an adventure. China is at the forefront of global economic development, and there are many exciting things happening within the country to attract ambitious professionals. Also, the opportunity to learn a bit of Mandarin is widely reported by expats to be one of the most valuable aspects of working in China.


Now if you need to calculate your salary, taxes, or pension in China, please use this complimentary calculator: http://salary.directhr.net/

To See What YOU Should Be Earning In China Based On Your Degree & Experience Click Here: http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com/2013/06/china-foreign-teachers-suggested-hourly.html

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