Saturday, June 22, 2013

China Foreign Teachers Union Suggested Hourly Pay, Wages, & Salary Rates For Expat Teachers - 2013 Update

As you may have already discovered at the agents and recruiters artificially control the salaries quoted online in hundreds of ads.  Do not be misled by these low-ball figures.  They are designed to foll you into believing their offer is a good one! If you negotiate your own contracts and salaries (as we have always recommended) you should not settle for anything less than the following and if you do, you are only cheating yourself:


Monthly Minimum Salary:      20,000 yuan
FT  Hourly Minimum:             250 yuan per hour
PT  Hourly Minimum:             300 yuan per hour


Monthly Minimum Salary:      18,000 yuan
FT  Hourly Minimum:             200 yuan per hour
PT  Hourly Minimum:             225 yuan per hour


Monthly Minimum Salary:      12,000 yuan
FT  Hourly Minimum:             175 yuan per hour
PT  Hourly Minimum:             200 yuan per hour


You should not be teaching anything other than Kindergarten classes @150 per hour 

The above are rates suggested  are only for classroom teaching with no more than 15 students per class.  For Business English or VIP Corporate Training we suggest between 350 yuan to 500 yuan per hour based on the number of students and complexity or course being taught.  Stand firm and you win - Cave and you lose!

Please keep in mind that expat teachers are still the lowest paid foreigners in China by far.  The median income for professional foreigners working in China is now at 380,000 yuan per year compared to 135,000 yuan for teachers/professors.  And while the COL and inflation has dramatically increased over the last 5 years, and salaries for local Chinese has increased  an average of 21%, salaries of expat teachers has increased only 12.5% over the last 6 years. By comparison hourly wages and salaries in the U.S. have dropped 1.1%  The below chart shows earnings of Urban professionals in Shanghai as a general comparison but please note that this chart is from 2010.  We are now searching for more current data:

Remember also that less and less foreigners are coming to China these days to teach due to all the negative ink about teaching scams, and better opportunities elsewhere in the Middle East, Latin America, Brazil, etc.  In 2013 almost 2,000 less foreigners are teaching in China than 2012. TAKE ADVANTAGE!  This give you leverage to negotiate not only higher wages, but medical insurance and reimbursements of air fare, and of course visa sponsorship and related costs. for more information you can visit our other web site at  and if you have not already done so, be sure you read our blacklist page of 300 schools and 67 Chinese agents who have a history of ripping of teachers at:

Undoubtedly there is a double-standard of wages in China. It will probably remain this way for at least another decade. But what you earn is up to you, NOT an agent!  Please read this before you go and negotiate in confidence based on what YOU have to offer - not what others dictate:
and also see: 

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Friday, June 14, 2013

2016 Fraud Update: China Foreign Teachers Union Issues Urgent Visa Law Notice & Scam Alert...

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Effective July 1st, new visa laws take effect in China. The reform is extensive and every expat teacher should take 30 minutes to read these twolinks to fully understand the changes and - the consequences.  This is serious stuff guys so pay attention...

The CFTU applauds the the 5 year visa concept which puts an end to all those expensive and inconvenient visa runs expat teachers are forced to make. However, considering the extremely low wages paid to foreign teachers in China, the China Foreign Teachers Union would like to see a central government legal mandate that compels all employers (especially schools) to provide new hire teachers a z visa BEFORE they land in China - and at their expense - not the teachers.  This would eliminate about 50% of all teacher abuse and exploitation in China.

But be warned that scammers are already selling phony 5 year visas online and with stickers posted all around universities. These are counterfeit visas and under the new law visa agents are outlawed. So hang up immediately on anyone who claims to be a visa agent.  Also if a private Chinese school asks you to turn over your passport so they can get you a visa do not comply with their request. Instead ask them who they want you to call or visit at the China PSB Visa Bureau or they may just stick a phony visa into your passport without your knowledge. No public or international school will attempt such a stunt however.

Now here is a summary of the changes you need to be aware of. This is ONLY A SUMMARY so be sure to read the two links above for all the exceptions and deadlines involved:

1. No more L or F visa extensions after July 1st

Under normal circumstances, most passport holders could get extensions for 30 days simply by paying a fee. Extensions and visas valid up to July 1 can be obtained, not beyond. If you arrive after 1 July, you will only get 30 days with no option of extensions until some time in fall.

2. F Visas issued in China no longer renewed in China

Only F visas issued outside of China (not including Shenzhen or Zhuhai) can be extended within China. F visas issued within China cannot be extended.

3. F and L visas good for only 30 days

If you want to stay in China for over 30 days, you need to apply for a Z work visa. Both F and L visas have been reduced to 30 days without having to extend.

4. No switching visa types between L and F

You can no longer change your visa type from L to F or vice versa. If you want to get an L visa while you have an F and are living in China, you will need to go to Hong Kong and apply for an L visa.

5. Rules for getting a Z visa

To get a Z visa, you must be employed by a registered company, undergo medical tests, be graduated for two years and provide recommendation letters from previous employers. The main thing they are looking for in granting Z visas is that you are a specialist in your field and very much needed by your company for a position that could not be filled locally.

6. No more multiple-entry China visas issued

Multiple entry visas have been suspended indefinitely. China Law Blog suggests, this could be a permanent change. However, multiple-entry visas that have not expired are still valid. Now only 30-day single or double-entry visas are being issued and some expats are having to go back to their home country to get visas.

7. Traveling overland, you still need a flight ticket to get a visa

Currently the issuing of visas requires proof of transport into and out of the country which effectively makes overland travel impossible unless you purchase fully refundable tickets through a travel agency.

8. The penalties for overstaying your visa

According to multiple reports, foreigners without a valid visa must expect to be awarded the red 'has to leave China within ten days' stamp in their passport, which will make it nearly impossible to apply for a new visa

9. Extending Z visas and spouse visas is not a problem and not affected by the new rules

New Z visas and spouse visas have not been affected by the new policies. However, dependent visa that were previously also issued to non-married couples with children now require the provision of a marriage certificate.

10. Don't forget to register at the police station if you're not staying at a hotel

If you are staying anywhere other than a hotel (with friends or family), you need to register at the police station within a week of your arrival. Bring your passport, two copies of your passport, two copies of the lease for the residence you're staying at and someone to interpret if your Chinese is poor (or at least a mobile with a number you can call for interpreting assistance).
Keep the pink form they give you. You won't be able to renew your visa without it.

If you are a CFTU member, please see this link below:

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Web English Added To CFTU Blacklist - Accused Of Extortion - 2016 Update...

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First we need to be clear that Web English is a chain of schools with over 50 locations throughout China. The Web English accused of extortion is Web English in SUZHOU where a complaint was filed by American teacher Joseph Reyes whose full complaint can be read in the comments section of our Blacklist page at this link:
This company is also complicit with with the recruitment scam affiliated with this case:  Beijing Tianqi Bowen Education Consulting Co. Ltd. located at room 6006, International Exchange Center, No. 1, Dingfuzhang Nanli, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Since Web English in Suzhou failed to reply to our email and their home office failed to return our call in over three weeks, and because two other complaints were received about that school that also went unresolved in the last year, we must hereby assume they are indifferent to this matter and warn other foreign teachers about their unethical practices.

Those implicated in the allegation include the HR Director Cherry Li who is pictured above and her HR assistant Abbey Hu who is pictured below. Both of these individuals are invited to share their version of events with us below in the comments section or at our blacklist page. 

Abbey Hu - Suzhou

Others implicated in the teacher abuse are Tracy Liu and a "Mr. Wang" as per the  still-unresolved complaint of teacher Reyes which you can read here:

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