SillyWilly wrote:You're making a blanket statement that isn't necessarily true. Those of us who have open work rights obviously have greater flexibility concerning jobs, but hourly wages have nothing to do with open work rights. Hourly wages are determined by the market place, not open work rights. I can work more hours at more schools since I'm not restricted by an ARC, but I'm still working for the same market determined hourly rate.
That's incorrect as some (better paying) jobs simply aren't available to people without open work rights. There are two examples I can think of here. The first is that some government schools hire people with marriage visas. I don't know if that is actually legal, but assuming it is, it's a category of work that is restricted to either people with marriage visas or certain qualifications. Another is privates. If I recall correctly, a normal ARC requires a minimum of fourteen hours with the primary employer, a minimum of six hours with non-primary employers, no more than three employers, and no more than 32 hours between all employers. There are certainly lots of jobs (especially privates) that pay much higher rates than the industry average, but they have fewer than six hours. Such jobs would not necessarily be legally available to many teachers.
Anyway, my take on all of this is that the entire free market is very flawed in this country regarding EFL. It's an industry full of mis-conceptions or complete ignorance by the customers (students or their parents). It's all highly irrational. Until and unless the customers become better informed and demand better results, there will always be a huge problem here. However, one day, they may become better informed and demand better results, and then we will see massive change. That said, the exact same problems exist within the government system. It's probably better from an employee's point of view, but the outcomes for the customers are still piss poor. I therefore think it's the industry (and perhaps wider culture) that is the issue. I've had the same completely inane conversations with people about English teaching/learning in both the public and private sector, and gone away scratching my head in all cases. These days, I start from the premise that no one (including, or even especially, people with a lot of "experience") knows what the hell they're doing, or why.