SillyWilly wrote:Abacus wrote:tbh the pay is actually pretty standard for a newb.
I've been out of country for 3 years. $570 per hour. Are you saying the average hourly wage has dropped during the last 3 years or stayed the same? Are hourly wages deflating? What would be considered the absolute minimum a newb should consider?
If hourly wages are indeed deflating, it doesn't bode well for most English teachers in the Wan. Keep in mind that In China English teacher's wages are increasing.
I doubt any newbs get over 600NT/hr and I see a lot of jobs that offer starting wages in the 550-600NT/hr range. And that usually includes experienced teachers switching jobs.
Yes, the ESL industry is going downhill in Taiwan. This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. the pay/hr (even at 550-600NT) is still pretty competitive throughout Asia but the competition for hours is awful. I see too many jobs that offer 14-20 hrs/wk and they have started including all kinds of extra duties like the OP's contracts that kill the hourly rate. If you can get a good job (I have a nice one) then ESL in taiwan is nice but if you don't then it's definitely easier to make more money elsewhere (Korea and china primarily). This is entirely due to the ease that you can find a job with 25-30 hrs/wk and not because of the hourly rate.
Maybe others can share their take on the current market but mostly I hear people that haven't taught for years (or ever) say that it X amount is really low when in fact it is the current standard. this isn't ESL heyday that we're talking about.