(If you are visiting this site from inside China, you will need a VPN in order to view the photos, charts, and tables. Sorry)
First you need to ignore any and all comments about teacher wages and earnings that are posted by china-tesol.com, abroad.com, eslcafe.com and any other forum or website that makes money doing teacher placements and/or selling resumes. They have a huge conflict of interest since they profit from teachers in a big way. They are sly and devious scammers who want to program you to believe that the most you can earn in China is 4,000 to 10,000 yuan per month as a teacher. THIS IS A BIG LIE! But if they can get you to believe this, they will take 20%-60% of your wages every month for a year! These fraudsters are not all Chinese, but 80% of them are. You can get a list of all these scam and fake agents at:
2018 China Employer Blacklist For Expat Employees & English Teachers
And our own 2017 CTA blacklist is here:
China Teacher Alliance Blacklist - 2017
In reality, if you find work directly with a school or training center, your wages can go up to 20,000 yuan per month, but never with a university. To make the most money in China you need to work for a private international school. But the agents will not tell you about this because they want you to take ANY job that gets them paid, even if they get you hired by an unregistered and unlicensed school, or one of the many that will use, abuse and exploit you. One big problem is that roughly 40% of all teaching jobs are now obtained through agents. This allows the minority to artificially control the labor rates for the majority. In effect, the laziness of a few is costing us all serious money. Read this article so you know what you are up against...
What the agents don't tell you are all the horrible things they don't want you to know because then you would not even think about working as a teacher in China. The one thing they never want you to see is the annual report from the China Foreign Teachers Union which you can read here...
92% of Agents & Recruiters in China are not licensed.
They will use any lie to get you to sign a contract to collect their fee.
Once you sign their contract they care nothing about your fate nor problems.
Likewise they do not want you to read these below articles neither. This is why they spend a lot of money on SEO to make sure their propaganda ads gets on the first page of Google - hoping you never go to page 2, 3, 4, or 5, and learn about the suicide rate, rapes, and other horror stories of foreign teachers in China, including the murder of American Darren Russell - a teacher in South China.
The more you read independently the faster you will learn the truth. The hustlers who earn thousands of dollars every month from bringing teachers to China not only sell your resumes and do placements, but many also sell books, tapes, visa services, travel packages and even your personal data to identity thieves. They want you to think China is paradise for teachers. It is all a crock of BS and a very well-orchestrated racket that has been going on since 2007. Read and learn or you will be victimized and forfeit a huge part of your earnings which they take not once - but every month from your paycheck. In fact, many of them collect your paycheck for you because they do not want you to know what they are taking from your salary. And for God's sake - don't fall for the Z Visa bait trick.
Another Dirty Secret?
Guess which is the foreign teacher above?
Not only will the agents/recruiters exploit and cheat you, but even your own employers will cheat you as well as 52% of foreign teachers have reported. The CFTU received over 700 complaints in 2011 and 845 in 2012.
But if you still want to work as a teacher in China, be sure you read these articles first, so you don't make some very costly mistakes as most all teachers did when they first came to China. We learned the hard way - you don't have to!
Here is the shortlist of the very worst agents and websites to avoid like the plague. The complete list can be found on the website of the China Foreign Teachers Union at www.ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org
Jeff Gao a.k.a Jeff Sya (Chongqing)
Eric Liu (Beijing)
Amy Zhang (Beijing & On-Line China-Wide)
Danny Liu a.k.a Danny Lu a.k.a. Danny Lau (Beijing)
David Brenar a.k.a. Daniel Brenar (Online)
Rebecca Tang (Beijing)
Cecille Bautista a.k.a Cecily Bautista
Allan Zhang aka Alan Zhang
Angelina (Angelina's ESL Cafe)
Zheng Tian Ying
Rosie Tang aka Rose Tang
Yuri Khlystov aka Sergei Khlystov
For details on actual complaints filed against the above people, visit the web site of the CFTU at:
These shysters use numerous telephone numbers, emails and websites. Here are just some of them...
chinatefljobs.com (not a scam - just greedy agents)
Also beware of the infamous CUCAS scam which is the most sophisticated scam in China run by a former Chinese official using fake edu.cn domains. Read about the CUCAS study abroad fraud at this link: http://ChinasScamPatrol.wordpress.com
Read a confession of a typical scam agent/recruiter that was caught red-handed for yourself here:
So then, what is the solution?
Find Your Own Job And Ignore The Lure Of Agents & Recruiters! It is soooo easy...
There is nothing that they do that you cannot do yourself - even with the language barrier. Just visit the the "Jobs" section of the below web sites and you will find hundreds of jobs every week for every major city in China...
You should also check the user names blacklist at www.ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.com
Also be weary of teaching job ads at EchinaCities.com which is a haven for scam agents and phony recruiters. Read this article for some insight into that forum:
HERE IS WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO EARN ACCORDING TO THE 2013 TEACHER SURVEY:
Just remember that agents and recruiters often disguise themselves as "direct employers" and place their own ads here as well. You can weed them out two ways:
1. If the job being offered is less than 12,000 yuan per month it is almost always an agent or a university, so just ignore it. Forget the "free housing" BS as you will be sharing space in a box with one or two roomies.
2. Ask the person on the phone to give you the website of the company offering the job and their own email address. If they cannot give the website or a company email address like HR@Berlitz.com they are agents.
One last thing and we won't bore you any longer... Never ever give copies of your passport nor visas to anyone by email, or you have a 20% chance of becoming a victim of identity theft. Only give these copies (never originals) to actual employers who have made you a written offer of employment. There are hundreds of miserable foreigners now struggling to restore their credit and living near poverty levels because they fell for this clever ruse. When you teach in China you are truly rolling the dice if you do not heed the above warnings.
2018 UPDATE: http://redit.com/r/chinascamcentral
2018 UPDATE: http://redit.com/r/chinascamcentral
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