I have recently arrived in Thailand and am busy interviewing for jobs at the moment. I am a fairly experienced teacher and have both a degree and a TEFL certificate. Even though this probably isn't the best time of year to apply for teaching positions in Thailand, I'm certainly not short of offers. I've attended five interviews so far and been offered the job at all of them. Is there a shortage of decent teachers?
I am just curious as to how many teachers attend interviews and ask for more money in terms of salary? I decided within a week of getting to Bangkok that I needed to earn at least 40,000 baht a month but the best offer I've had so far is 35,000 and the school wasn't going to pay a penny more. A couple of the other schools I interviewed at said they would consider a better salary, but never came back with an improved offer. Have any teachers out there been successful in negotiating a better wage during the interview process?