Having taught TEFL in China for 10 years I can tell you that I seldom saw an China job contract for expats that was actually fair for both the employee and the employer. Only the SAFEA standard contract madated by China law for the public schools and universities came close to being about 80% fair. The private schools had the worst contracts I ever sw that basically reduced teachers to obedient robots.
But lately, in the last year or so, I noticed that because of the reduced supply of qualified teachers in China, employers are more willing to bend on their contracts rather than lose a qualified or proven tecaher. Qualified teachers with real university degrees and TEFL training are now a valuable commodity in China. A new standard of fairness is being demanded by teachers who have a chance to earn even more money in Singapore or Korea. Here is what I consider to be a fair contract for both employers and employees who want a transparent and productive working relationship. http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com/2017/06/cftu-urges-china-foreign-english.html. I recently sent this contract to SAFEA and suggested that they compell any and all private training schools to start using it, so that more teachers will remain in China and even more will come here to work in goodwill without suspicions of being used and abused.
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3 July, 2017 at 3:53
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Man, this is a great fricking contract Davis. Thanks a lot forposting this up. Most people who come to China just sign the contract given to them because we are told “this is what everyone signs in China.”. This is a whole lot better than having to scratch stuffout and writing stuff in like everything that was promised to you on Skype but then not included in the contract. And the part about adding exhibist is cool too. Xie Xie peng you!
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7 July, 2017 at 5:57
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We also believe this contract will help prevent a lot of “misunderstandings”, “midnight runs”, and hostility for the 27, 412 foreign teachers now working in China.