Thailand is becoming a letdown for teachers

Postbox letter from Stephen

Salaries are dropping (or certainly not keeping pace with inflation), perks like healthcare and housing help are getting more and more scarce, and the cost of living keeps climbing.


Please sir, could I have a little more?

Postbox letter from Christopher

I'm particularly interested in knowing how many teachers attend interviews and negotiate for higher salaries.


Don't accept ridiculous salaries

Postbox letter from Gunther

When I see offers for Filipinos (15,000+ baht) or native English speakers (30,000-35,000 baht) I wonder if the advertisers are serious or maybe they are looking for people with elementary school diplomas?


12-month contracts are in a minority

Postbox letter from Richard Constable

An 11-month contract is real good if you can get one because most are around 9.5 months - so if its 10 it's okay!


Inflation is eating my teacher salary

Postbox letter from Paul

As a teacher, I have friends who have received little to no salary hike this year and what's worrying is the rate of inflation going on.


Most teachers just don't care!

Postbox letter from Jim

In my opinion 80% of teachers don't care and never will. Paying them more than 35K per month is just money in the bin. 10% care somewhat and 10% take it on as a career and profession.


The 'unwanted' senior teacher role

Postbox letter from Liam

This agency I worked for thought that not only could they employ anyone without doing their due diligence, but that the good teachers already at the school would do their job for them also.


Getting a job interview - part 3

Legwork and salary negotiations

I was finally being offered teaching roles but the salary was typically around the 20,000 mark and that was just too low to consider. On the other hand, in most cases I would be the only Westerner at the school.


The problems with teaching job ads

Postbox letter from David

You should actively criticize schools and the government for promoting discriminatory and racist practices that take no account of the actual abilities of potential candidates. But it doesn't disturb white people like us, does it? Why should we care about the rights of people different from ourselves if our own privileges reign supreme?


Teacher contract headaches

What happens to foreign teacher contracts now that the Thai school year will run from July 1st to mid-April 2021?

Not all foreign teachers are prepared to work a few extra weeks for free, alongside already earning a relatively low professional salary without as much as a pension pending.


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