Earn minimum wage teaching English

Just thought there might be a few grizzled old English teachers here who would find this amusing (or not):

For UK citizens, they’re offering degree-qualified, experienced, certified TEFL teachers £8.50 an hour “with an opportunity to earn up to £12”, ie., NT$330-370.

UK minimum wage is about £8, I believe.

Clearly, it’s not like the old days. I think Pizza Hut offer more than that, with better career prospects.

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Working at Pizza Hut would probably be a more fun experience too. At least you get the perk of free shitty pizza when you’re hungry.

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And Pizza Hut would (I assume) not pretend you’re not an employee.

They probably use a good portion of their cash flow for advertising.

I do have friends who have gone for, and fallen, for their pitch. “Personalized one-on-one online classes by specialists 24-hours a day on demand”. If you’re a engineer of some sort of specialization and want training at 2AM…BOOM, they deliver though I would think that sort of thing would pay a bit more.

I have a friend in the states who taught English online to some Chinese kids. I told her just to come out to Asia, but she was too scared to uproot her comfortable western life (there are some like that). She quit after a few months because they kept wanting her to teach in the middle of the night like 2 or 3am.

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As mentioned elsewhere, I don’t see how this is a problem as long as they’re offering a salary commensurate with the loss of employee-related perks. Very occasionally, I do contract work where I am most definitely not an employee (except nominally of my own limited company). But the pay rate is considerably more than £8 an hour.

I’m just amazed that EF actually get anybody showing interest. I suppose the popular maxim applies: “there’s a sucker born every minute”. It’s a bit like those fraudulent phone calls you get from someone with a Beijing accent telling you he’s your brother and he needs some urgent cash. 99,999 people will put the phone down. One of them will send some money.

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Colleague of mine worked at Pizza Hut back in the day. He loved it. Free pizza, cute female coworkers (assuming they stay away from the pizza, I suppose), and very good employer-employee relations. If you have ambition, you’ll get good management training at Pizza Hut.

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I heard from a fellow teacher that there are same opportunities in Thailand too. It’s the new online ELT trend!

A friend of mine is going to Vietnam to teach. Quite a few people seem to be heading there these days. I think that’ll be the next spot to blow up for expat teachers.

Followed by Cambodia…

Thailand one is…VIPKIDS.

I thought that company was Chinese, or did they just add an S to distinguish it?

Sorry. Misspelled by my friend.
Here’s website…

Heard $22 per hour.
I have no experience with this company.

$22 USD roughly translates to 660 NTD an hour, which is bloody peanuts. And even worse, when a company says “make up to” it usually means most of the time you’re making considerably less, especially if you’re new.

Isn’t this how Tutor ABC has be able to make a profit, offering North American housewives minimum wage to teach local kids through the internet?

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