Always read your contract. Here is some advice and general guidelines of what’s normally included in a Chinese teaching contract.
First things first. All teaching contracts are available in two languages: Mandarin and English. Mandarin always take precedence over English.
Contracts vary by company e.g. public school, teaching agency, international school etc. Below is a typical representation of a teaching contract for a teaching agency (e.g. public school).
- Name, address and contact details of employer.
- Length of contract including start date and end date.
- Probation period if applicable.
- Holidays (number).
- Teacher duties and typical work hours. Actual hours may change depending on your school and student age group.
- Teacher obligations – the rules you must abide and consequences for various actions and grounds for suspension and/or dismissal.
- Salary (normally divided into lecture renumeration, overtime pay).
- Accommodation allowance if provided.
- Social insurance (if it’s provided and the company providing it).
- Additional benefits e.g. airfare reimbursement, overtime pay, class cover etc.