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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 charts)




 CHINA
The total population of China has reached 1.45 million. 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...





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 9,000 (USD 1,500) 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/



33 comments:

  1. Be sure to warn all your friends and teaching colleagues about the three biggest TESL/TEFL scam agencies that all tell people to come work on an L visa and then do the bait and switcheroo fraud:

    China ESL (Owned by Rebecca Tang)

    China-Tesol (Owned by Geoff Weymouth)

    Angelina's ESL Cafe (Owned by Angelina LNU)

    Also don't be fooled by the fake white list used by Angelina's ESL Cafe as explained here...

    http://www.realscam.com/f8/angelinas-esl-cafe-beijing-another-dubious-teach-china-scam-3202/

    Also all three of the above scam recruiters are using MANY different names and web sites trying to evade bad publicity and trying to "affiliate" themselves with the Chinese government by saying they are either "part of the Ministry of Education" or "endorsed by SAFEA". These are blatant lies as confirmed by the Ministry of Education and SAFEA (call or email themselves if you have any doubts)

    - Murray G.

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  2. My daughter is considering a two and one half month internship offered at the "Nanchang Dynamic English World" school. As a parent, of course, my primary concern is her safety and welfare. I have been unable to find any references, address or phone number for this school. Are you, perhaps, aware of it? Is a reputable school? I am simply concerned given the great distance between the United States and China. Any help you might offer will be appreciated. Thank you.

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  3. We have received two complaints about this this school but upon investigation, the teachers making the complaints were not very credible and were just bitter about being fired for chronic tardiness. Other than this, we have no other file on this school. Please have your daughter give us her feedback if she accepts the job and be sure she gets sponsored for a Z visa from the onset and does not go to China to work with any other visa. If she does have a problem, have her contact us at help@chinaforeignteachersunion.org

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  4. I'm looking for information about "Best Learning" ("<-that" dot cn for their website) as they are on the Dirty Dozen list, but I can't seem to find any information on them here on the Union. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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  5. NOTICE TO ALL: It is absolutely false that you must have a TEFL certificate in order to teach in China. Some unethical recruiters have been spreading this false rumor so they can peddle some expensive TEFL courses and collect a commission.

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  6. Hey, I was wondering if you had any information on either Opportunity China, or Zhejiang Haida Interact?

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    1. Hi! I just got a job offer from ZheJiang Haida Interact International Co., Ltd in Bangzhong
      Tanghu Foreign Language Experimental School, have you found anything about these companies?

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  7. We are currently investigating them. Stand by and check back in a week.

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  8. SCAM ALERT TO ALL CHINA FOREIGN TEACHER JOB APPLICANTS...

    We have just received proof that Echinacities.com is selling their resumes to third party recruiters as confirmed by an employee of Gteachers.org. Although there is a China Privacy Law that prohibits this without your approval. Although it MAY help expedite you getting a job, our concern is that we have no clue how many identity thieves posing as job recruiters may also be buying these resumes wholesale. We urge you to either avoid responding to job ads posted at Echinacities.com or be extremely cautious not to include your full name, photo, or passport information when responding to those ads. The unfortunate thing is that you cannot apply for a real job at ECC without authorizing them to publicly post your resume on line.

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  9. The recent news of of the PSB crackdown may be a blessing a disguise. With over 2,000 foreign teachers recently arrested and deported for wrong visas and fake diplomas creates a critical shortage of qualified teachers. You may therefore be justified in asking for a 30% raise at this time. Think about it. It is all a matter of supply and demand!

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  10. Hello CTFU do you have any info on ESL Suite Consulting? I'm trying to see if they are a legit recruiting place or not? Thank you, Sincerely, Steven.

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  11. Hello! Could you give any feedback on Tianjin international language and test centre? They claim to be a part of Tianjin University (TJU). However they email through tjuniedu at 163.com. When I request to provide the ministry of education registration number, they give me a link to the university website. They are persuading me to apply for F visa for the time of a three month internship and then promise to sign a labour contract and get a work visa. The invitation I have received from them looks official and is fine language wise. I would really appreciate your help. Regards

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  12. URGENT! - Do not send nor upload another resume for any China job unless and until you read this http://ChinaScamWatch.wordpress.com Please remember that 1 in every 5 China job recruiters are identity thieves. To avoid being ripped off, avoid using recruiters to find you a job and if you insist on using one, at least read this here: http://scam-detector.com/forums/forum/employment-scams/192-3-ways-to-avoid-a-china-job-scam-recruiter-for-esl-tefl-ap-foreign-teachers?_=1417793688522

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  13. Be careful with this e-mail tjuniedu@163.com and phone number +86 22 2331 6282. There are some people acting on behalf of Tianjin University. They "hire" people for exhibition image spokeswoman position, but in reality they have nothing to do with this University and maybe deal with human traffic, prostitution and so on. They offended me in their letters in political, moral and personal way. After i warned them abt my intention to find out the truth and punish them, they said the following:

    "... This will constitute the crime of defamation by law and you will have to assume the corresponding criminal liability for that.
    You are quite young, so we want to offer you a well-intentioned warning. And if you receive summon from China's Criminal Court, everything will be too late. We are a college, totally different from what you defamed us on line---the company of human traffickers and prostitution. Only your defamation can cause you 3 years in prison in China. Moreover, we will call to account your civil compensation responsibility, which is huge. At the same time, please inform your teacher that although he is in China, yet he knows nothing about China’s national condition...
    ...This is our last warning. The world now is operating on the premise of cooperation, whereas you choose the opposite way, regardless of the consequence. Please consider this. Haven’t you felt that your country and government are getting more and more powerless.
    During the last month only, your currency depreciation has almost doubled and so has your commodity price. Haven’t you noticed that your bread price is soaring? At the same time, for a college like us that has over 40,000 students, we have corresponding method, strategy and experience in handling such affairs.
    Therefore, it is wise for you to make the choice to go abroad. (When your President leaves office, then everything could be better. And then when you return to your country, you can buy a house in Moscow with the money you earned. But if you see this recruitment as hostility, then you will obtain just the same thing.) After half a month (in 2015), the US and Europe will cut off your… At that time, both the finance and currency of your country will collapse. This reminds me of the year 1991 when 1 RMB can exchange 1000 ruble. And back then many of the staff doing the chores, such as wiping the floor and washing vegetable, was from Russian because your labor price was so low. But from another more meaningful point of view, we did offer them a means to survive and not let them suffer from hunger ...
    ...However, unfortunately, the European countries always shut the door upon your face. Now, what you can do is to ally with those “developed countries” such as North Korea, Venezuela, Belarus, Iran and Syria. So it is right for you to leave your country and we respect you for that. However, you shouldn’t defame us with wicked speech. Therefore we need to remind you that such activity of yours is very dangerous which can put you into prison and call to account your civil compensation, but the final judge will be made by the court. Once the court sentences you, then you will receive the “red notice” from Lyon Interpol headquarters, which will bring you great trouble.Cristina "

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  14. Be careful with this e-mail tjuniedu@163.com and phone number +86 22 2331 6282. There are some people acting on behalf of Tianjin University. They "hire" people for exhibition image spokeswoman position, but in reality they have nothing to do with this University and maybe deal with human traffic, prostitution and so on. They offended me in their letters in political, moral and personal way. After i warned them abt my intention to find out the truth and punish them, they said the following:

    "... This will constitute the crime of defamation by law and you will have to assume the corresponding criminal liability for that.
    You are quite young, so we want to offer you a well-intentioned warning. And if you receive summon from China's Criminal Court, everything will be too late. We are a college, totally different from what you defamed us on line---the company of human traffickers and prostitution. Only your defamation can cause you 3 years in prison in China. Moreover, we will call to account your civil compensation responsibility, which is huge. At the same time, please inform your teacher that although he is in China, yet he knows nothing about China’s national condition...
    ...This is our last warning. The world now is operating on the premise of cooperation, whereas you choose the opposite way, regardless of the consequence. Please consider this. Haven’t you felt that your country and government are getting more and more powerless.
    During the last month only, your currency depreciation has almost doubled and so has your commodity price. Haven’t you noticed that your bread price is soaring? At the same time, for a college like us that has over 40,000 students, we have corresponding method, strategy and experience in handling such affairs.
    Therefore, it is wise for you to make the choice to go abroad. (When your President leaves office, then everything could be better. And then when you return to your country, you can buy a house in Moscow with the money you earned. But if you see this recruitment as hostility, then you will obtain just the same thing.) After half a month (in 2015), the US and Europe will cut off your… At that time, both the finance and currency of your country will collapse. This reminds me of the year 1991 when 1 RMB can exchange 1000 ruble. And back then many of the staff doing the chores, such as wiping the floor and washing vegetable, was from Russian because your labor price was so low. But from another more meaningful point of view, we did offer them a means to survive and not let them suffer from hunger ...
    ...However, unfortunately, the European countries always shut the door upon your face. Now, what you can do is to ally with those “developed countries” such as North Korea, Venezuela, Belarus, Iran and Syria. So it is right for you to leave your country and we respect you for that. However, you shouldn’t defame us with wicked speech. Therefore we need to remind you that such activity of yours is very dangerous which can put you into prison and call to account your civil compensation, but the final judge will be made by the court. Once the court sentences you, then you will receive the “red notice” from Lyon Interpol headquarters, which will bring you great trouble.Cristina "

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  15. URGENT REMINDER: Do not send nor upload another CV or Resume to anyone until you read this hear: http://chinascamwatch.wordpress.com

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  16. Hello all! I received two offers: one from best learning center and one from Zhuzhou Beijing Normal University Affiliated School located in the Hunan province. Is the second one reputable? Thank you!

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  17. Do any of you know anything about the Zhuzhou Beijing Normal University Affiliated School located in the Hunan province?

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  18. Does anyone know about or have any experience with Beijing Foreign Languages School (BFLS), associated with Beijing Foreign Studies University? (BFSU)

    Thanks!

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  19. Did anyone know any information about Haida recruiting and also a school in Lianyungang China called Hello English

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    1. Hi! Did you find out anything about ZheJiang Haida Interact International? I have a job offer from this company. Thank you for your reply!

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    2. Run - don't walk! The China Liars List at Scam.com has nothing good to say about them.

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  20. Hi is All Young School in Sonjiang Shanghai legit?

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  21. Hi! Does anyone know if All Young School in Sonjiang Shanghai legit? Thank you

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  22. This is not true. First of all most "teachers" are not qualified in their own countries and just have a TEFL/TESOL. Even so, a person could easily make over $40K a year in the big cities with some private tutoring and freelance work on the side, perhaps $50K.

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  23. Do you have any information on a kindergarten in the huilongguan area changping district named 'Ivy Child School'? it's the most expensive in the area for child fees. I was wondering is this school legit? as the salary they are offering is very low ( 9000) with accomadation.

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  24. Age discrimination in China is normal. It's not accepted in civilized countries in the world, but it's Okay here. Shame on the Education Ministry. But then again, students from the Cultural Revolution are in control of the Education Ministry. This kind of ignorance should not be tolerated, but it should be expected.

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  25. Do you have any information on good teachers union.

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  26. Good Day I registered on a website called foreignerhr.com. I was contacted by a woman called Rosie and offered a contract. However the contract states that I should come to China on an L visa and then before the visa expires the company will apply for my Z visa. I do not have a bachelor's degree only diplomas, can I still apply for the Z visa before getting to China. Also I need to know if foreignerghr.com is legitimate. Thanks

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    1. Hi anonymous have you managed to find out anything about foreignerhr?or did you take the job?if so how did it go?

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  27. Please visit and read http://chinascamwatch.org and then you will know WHY you need to stop your dealings with black recruiters.

    Another good place to get up to speed on scammers is our black list, scam.com, and http://eslwatch.info/forum/china.

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  28. Hi. Is it true that if a school doesn't want you to come back the next year they have to provide you written notice before March 31st and failure to do that means they have to pay you for the remainder or your contract? If so how does this work if you have a 2 year contract? Do they have to pay you for the additional school year as well?

    I know that my principal wants me to not return next year but I haven't been given a letter to not return and I still have another year on my contract.

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  29. Does anybody have any information about the e-mail jobs2@goldenladder.com.cn? I already verified that Golden Ladder Culture Communication from Shenzhen exists, but I need to verify if the person who wrote me really works for them and he's not somebody acting in their name, before sending any document. Thank you.

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