[quote=“kellohitty”]Bassman, it’s very simple: Supply and demand.
Why are do some professions get paid more? Why don’t we all just each do a job and all get paid the same? Why does a construction worker or a bus driver (elementary grads) get paid more than a teacher (in Canada)? It’s not a perfect world man.[/quote]
Really, that simple? I think there is a change in the air. Most owners that I knew in Taiwan were not having problems getting foreign staff, they struggled to get local staff. Not just good local staff to teach, but anyone that was slightly passable. Reason - the average earnings of local teachers sucked and there just weren’t large numbers of applicants.
Good local teachers are earning good coin in a very few number of high paying local teacher positions.
If supply and demand was really going to work everytime then they’d grow some … and get together to get what they are really worth.
Here’s the rub… most schools would go belly up in six months if they had to pay teachers what they are really worth. And there is another main source of contention between local and foreign staff. Many, not all, local staff need to work harder to earn the chicken feed that they are earning.
My point… it seems that it’s not just foreign teachers that don’t get paid what they should get.
I don’t think that I said that everyone should get paid the same. I just said, ‘everyone should get paid fairly’.
Honest days work - honest days pay.
How many bosses in Taiwan are straight up in financial dealings?
I know a number that pay teachers lower rates and then, to make it ‘worthwhile’ for the teachers, declare really low earnings on taxes to make the teacher have more in their pocket at the end of the month.