skoster, I guess the thing about Taiwan is that is is/was easy or easier to get a job, but the job you land offers very little progression. Also, I understand the US and possibly a few other countries are in some serious economic difficulties now, and that makes finding a job even much more difficult. However, I still believe if someone put ten years into a real teaching career back home would be better of financially than someone who put in ten years at a buxiban here. Also, when the financial shit does hit the fan and really starts to affect Taiwan, all these buxibans are going to feel the pain, much more than they are now. Mr and Mrs Chen will have to decide between "real" subjects or "English" when deciding on what classes to send their child to at cram school. Buxiban jobs offer about as much long-term stability as building a house on quick sand.
skoster wrote:Around the Northern Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC area I don't know of a single district which has given a step raise in the last several years. It's in the contract, but it doesn't happen. The step 1 salary for MA holders in my district is about 930 nt, but don't forget that then you have to take out taxes, union dues, and everything else for which you're squeezed. Just knock out the taxes and you're down to under 630 nt per hour, take out the various required payments for health insurance, dental, life insurance, union dues, etc., and you're well under 600 nt per hour.
I'm not saying you guys don't have it bad, but keep in mind that people just starting out aren't exactly on a teaching gravy train here either.