Training and Orientation

Even though many times applicants are not required to have any teaching experience prior to coming to South Korea to teach English, schools do not generally require new teachers to undergo any lengthy training or orientation. Most often, as the new teacher is coming in to begin his or her contract term, another teacher, just

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Teacher Dismissal

  The following are grounds for dismissal and contract termination: Displaying an unstable or violent personality Coming to work while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Missing or being repeatedly late for classes, staff meetings, workshops or required school outings without proper notice. Repeatedly being not adequately preparing for classes. Being unable to conduct

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Taxes

In general, Korean tax rates are very low compared to most Western countries. Teachers will have to pay a general residential tax of between 3% and 7% depending on which city or district they live in and how much money they make each month. Most schools efficiently deduct the necessary taxes, however teachers should be

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Sick Days and Leave

Sick Days: Not many schools in Korea offer paid sick days. Teacher salaries are based on how many class hours they work each month, and if a teacher misses class because illness and another teacher has to cover for them, the school will have to pay that other teacher overtime. For this reason, foreign teachers

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Salaries and Overtime

Monthly salaries for teachers with non-education degrees and no previous teaching experience currently range from 2,000,000 – 2,200,000 KRW.   Teachers who do have an education degree can usually make about 100,000 KRW more per month, and teachers with previous ESL teaching experience can negotiate for a higher salary, though just how much they can

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Relocation Allowance

While not standard practice, some larger schools do offer a small relocation allowance, usually from 200,000 to 300,000 KRW to help with the costs of packing, work visa applications and domestic travel.

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Pension

Employees of private schools, public schools, companies and government offices are all required to make monthly contributions to a pension plan, regardless of if they are Korean citizens or not. The employers can choose between the national pension plan and several other plans put forth by private insurance companies, and the monthly premium varies according

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Medical Insurance

As of 2006, Korean employers are obligated to provide their teachers with health care insurance, and most opt to go with the Korean National Health Insurance plan, though they can choose another if they wish. The school and teacher usually each cover half of the monthly cost, which is about 2.24% of the teacher’s monthly

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Holidays and Vacation

Korean vacation is different from the concept of vacation in most Western countries. Employees cannot “book” off days throughout the year that they want to have off. Korean companies usually set a 4-week period in which all employees must take their vacation. Private schools generally compliment the Korean public school system, running their courses, exams

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Employee Duties

During the term of their contract, in addition to teaching classes, the employee is required to prepare for, teach and carry out all required teaching and administrative duties related to their classes and the functioning of the school as assigned by their employer. These duties are not considered class time and teachers do not receive

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