We just compiled our mid year annual census and China foreign teacher survey and sicovered that 12% less expat China foreign teachers are working in China this year for the following reasons:
* More stringent visa policies including criminal background checks.
* Better paying jobs for teachers in Korea, Japan, and SIngapore (salries an average of 48% higher)
* Outrageous housing costs of Beijing & Shanghai makes 3 roomates common for teachers
* Too many scams and cheaters (mostly unethical agents)
* Unbearable air and water pollution in big cities raise health concerns
* No way to retire with a pension in China
All this has contributed to the growing exodus as school and university recruiters in China begin to panic and get more generous with their compensation packages. It is all about supply and demand friends. The CFTU was recently contacted by 28 WHITE LISTED DIRECT EMPLOYERS almost begging for RELIABLE and RESPONSIBLE foreign ESL/TEFL/SUBJECT teachers for the following locations: Anhui, Beijing, Beihai, Changchun, Chengdu, Changhsa, Dalian, Weihai, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Zhuai, Nanjing, Ningbo, Kunming, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Harbin, Shenyang, Tianjin, and Yantai. Half of these locations are seaside cities with very clean beaches year-round with tropical climate.
If you want to take advantage and do not plan to stay in China more than 5 years just send your current resume to freeplacements@ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org with a cover letter listing the 5 most important things to you, and we will sned your resume to 25 direct employers, who will contact you directly with theitr offers. This is the first time in 5 years that expat foreign teachers have some bargaining power in China with employers. Take advantage!