One of my friends has asked for my advice, but I don’t have experience with agencies and cram schools here. I’d really appreciate your advice on this matter.
My friend found an agency that got him a job offer at a cram school. From the beginning, the agent kept pressing him to bring his documents for the work permit. I told him not to deliver anything until he had a contract and fully understood the terms of his employment. However, the agent sent him a “contract” in Chinese that he needed to sign, and it just declared that he was employed with the school for a certain number of hours per week and reported his monthly salary as 10,000 less than he’d really make, according to their verbal agreement. I say verbal agreement because he still hasn’t received a contract regarding the terms of his employment. I told him not to sign the former document and ask the agent about the salary declaration. The agent said it’s for my friend’s benefit because he’d get more of his salary every month. The agent also made it seem like it was totally fine. What should he do about this?
After probing, the agent revealed that he’d be collecting my friend’s pay on his behalf and retaining a “small amount” of his hourly pay per hour. Essentially, he won’t be paid directly by the school and the rate they offered him is not the full amount the school actually pays per hour. We’re still not certain of how “small” the amount they retain is. Is this common?
The agent still insists on asking him to deliver his documents for the work permit. I feel quite uneasy about this arrangement and believe that the rush to bring his documents is some sort of trap. What are your thoughts?