I have two simple questions. Firstly, why does there tend to be a cap of 55-60 for the hiring age, regardless of excellent qualifications and experience (including in my case, a current PhD candidate plus 13 relatively recent years in-country at the top universities - Chula, Thammasat, Silpakorn, Bangkok U and even Vajiravudh College? Secondly, why have salaries on offer remained in the same range, more or less for the last 15 years - mostly a laughable 30,000, and hardly ever exceeding a still paltry 60,000 except for the relative handful working at top international schools? I have my opinions about these questions. But, I would like to hear from others. I should also note that in my case, I am not an English teacher, but a subject teacher with specialties in such areas as technology, multimedia and animation, subject areas where I should think there's a dirth of qualified people in this country.