What is the English proficiency of employers in Thailand?
Good question this one. The full question is actually “What is the English language proficiency of employers in Thailand and will I have a hard time negotiating a position without a sound level of Thai language? I think firstly you have to clarify that ‘employers’ and ‘interviewers’ are not often the same person. In other words, the person who pays your salary (the school owner in most cases) is not the person who will watch your teaching demo and end up giving you the job.
I would say that in most cases the interviewer’s English will be more than good enough, and often the interviewer is an English speaker anyway. You may get the odd rural school where the hiring staff have limited English but it should still be enough to answer your basic questions. And you’d be surprised how good a hirer’s English becomes when you tell them you won’t work for a penny less than 50,000 baht a month or you need more paid holiday.