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  • cass0613
  • Newgookin

    • 3

    • July 19, 2019, 02:43:08 pm
    • australia
Not a good a contract
« on: July 31, 2019, 03:36:10 pm »
Any suggestions or anything I've missed? I've already emailed them about the pension plan, and the national health insurance. But do you guys think this is an okay contract?

For the purpose of this contract ____  will be called ‘the teacher’
1.   Duration of the contract:        2019  to        2020   
2.   Housing:
A rent free, NON SMOKING single furnished apartment will be provided by the school to the teacher.

2A. The following furnishings, utensils and equipment are included but not limited to: a single bed, sheets, blankets and or covers, pillows, pillow cases, a table or tables, a chair or chairs, sofa, mats and or rugs, refrigerator, washing machine, a two or three ring burner. A Vacuum cleaner, broom, dustpan, rice cooker, knives, forks, spoons, chopsticks, plates, cups, drinking glasses, mugs, frying pan, other pots and pans.

2B. Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the apartment. 

2C.Unless previously agreed to by management and a Pet Deposit is agreed to by both parties, no pets are allowed in the apartment.

2D.The teacher shall be responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of the apartment, and all furniture, all utensils and all electronic equipment in the apartment. Furniture may not be moved without the agreement of management. No posters, pictures, calendars, paintings, or any other items, or articles are allowed to be fixed in any way to any of the walls in the apartment.

2E. A deduction of 200,000 won per month for three months, equaling  a total of 600,000, will be taken as a security deposit against any cleaning or repairs that have to be made due to any damage or negligence caused by the teacher, or guests of the teacher, to the apartment, and or, to the contents of the apartment

2F. If applicable, a Pet Deposit of 100,000 won per month for the first three months will be added to the security deposit for a total of 900,000 won for the first three months

2G. By signing this contract the teacher agrees that the school may deduct 200,000 won each month for the first three months as a security deposit for the apartment, and if applicable an additional 100,000 won Pet deposit.

2H]. Upon completion of, or termination of the contract, and if there are no damages, of any description, to the furniture, bedding, walls, flooring, blinds, utensils or electronic equipment, and there is no cleaning of any sort to be paid for, the security deposit, and if applicable the pet deposit, will be returned to the teacher.

2I. If there are any damages to the apartment and / or to any of the contents, including furniture, bedding, walls, flooring, blinds, utensils, appliances or electronic equipment in the apartment, and the cost for any repairs or replacement, is greater than the amount of the security deposit, and if applicable pet deposit, the teacher agrees to reimburse the school for any difference between the two amounts.
2J. If any cleaning is required the cost will be deducted from the security deposit, and if applicable, the pet deposit. If the cost for cleaning is greater than the amount of the security deposit, and if applicable the pet deposit, the teacher agrees to reimburse the school for any difference between the two amounts.

3.   Utilities:
3A.The teacher will responsible for the payment of all utilities for the apartment.

3B. By signing this contract the teacher agrees that the school will pay the monthly utilities on her behalf and deduct the amount paid from the teacher’s monthly salary. A written record of the deductions will be provided.

3C. Upon completion of,or termination of the contract, overdue utilities will be deducted from the last salary. If the amount of the overdue utilities is greater than the amount of the remaining salary, the teacher agrees to reimburse the school for outstanding balance

3D. If, after paying the overdue utilities there is money left over, the school will wire that amount to an account designated by the teacher.

4.   Salary: 2.1 million Korean won will be paid per month. 

5.   Payday: The monthly salary will be paid on the 5th of each month following the date of employment.

6.   Tax:  Koran income tax of between 2 and 3% [2.3%] will be deducted from the monthly salary.

7.   Insurance: Under Korean Law all employees must have medical insurance. The and the teacher will each pay 50% of the monthly medical insurance cost. All standard deductions, including utility payments, income tax and medical insurance are shown on the teachers monthly pay slip. Any non-standard deductions will also be shown

8.   Severance pay: Upon completion of the contract severance pay equal to one month’s salary, minus regular monthly deductions, will be paid to the teacher
9.   Vacation: One fixed week in the summer, and five discretionary days off are paid. The five discretionary days will be allocated by management. These five days cannot be taken consecutively. All Korean national days off are also paid

10.   Transportation: The teacher will pay for an economy class ticket to Inchon, South Korea. The ticket will be from the closest international airport to the teacher’s current address as shown on the contract.

10A. After arrival, and as soon as all legal requirements, including a successful health check, are completed in __ city , the school will reimburse the teacher for half of the total cost of the ticket.
10B Upon completion of the contract the school will pay the teacher the remaining balance of the airplane ticket

11. In the event of the contract being terminated at any time before the completion date, by either party, for any reason, the teacher will reimburse the school any monies that were paid to the teacher for the airline ticket.

12. Duties: Teaching English to students the school. All teaching materials will be provided. You will observe some classes before teaching on your own. You must keep to the class schedule. You must prepare daily lessons plans, attend staff meetings and attend any training sessions required by management. When requested you will also prepare report cards for the students that you teach.

13. You will be required to teach from Monday to Friday.  You will be required to teach six classes a day. Each class is 50 minutes. The teaching time, which does not include any preparation time, is in a block from 2:35 pm until 8:00 pm. There is no weekend teaching. There are no split shifts.
14. Dress code: whilst there is no formal dress code you will be expected to      dress in a professional manner. This means, no hoodies, sweat pants or sweat shirts. No pants or jeans with holes, no shorts, halter tops, hats or caps, and unless otherwise notified, no jeans. The school reserves the right, to ask the teacher to change any clothing that management deems inappropriate.  Due to the cultural sensitivity of Tattoos in Korea, the teacher will wear clothing that covers any tattoos at all times

15. Termination of contract. Both parties will give at least 30 days written notice. However, if for any reason the teacher is un-able or unwilling to perform the teaching duties as outlined and required by management, the school retains the right to terminate the contract immediately. Other causes for termination include, but are not limited to, use of illegal drugs, sexual harassment, physical and or mental abuse of co-workers and or students, fighting, intoxication during working hours, habitual lateness, recurring health problems that affect teaching, participation in any type of criminal, or civil activity that corrupts public morals or violates the laws of the Republic of South Korea.

16. Unless legal arrangements are made and agreed to, Korean law prohibits any foreign employee from working for any person or organization other than the sponsoring company. In this case the sponsoring company is the school.
17. Both parties have read the above conditions and agree to the terms. They agree to resolve any disputes in a reasonable manner. If this is not possible the pertinent Korean law will be applied.

Re: Not a good a contract
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2019, 06:53:59 am »
The only things im seeing are no pension, potentially illegal private contractor which would explain the low tax rate quoted in the contract. The deposit money on the house -200k a month is ridiculous you will most likely never see that money back, also the hagwon will pay your utilities out of your paycheck, no thanks.

2.1 million is lowball, 3D factory workers and janitors make similar wages. 2.3-2.4 is the bare minimum. God help you if you're from america its 1200 won to a dollar.

The job doesn't mention actual working time either it says class time does not include prep so I’d make clear exactly what times they expect you to work.


Re: Not a good a contract
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2019, 08:07:27 am »
I don't know if you have any teaching experience or not, but I know that 6 classes a day doesn't seem like a lot, but it's a lot. It wouldn't be so bad if the classes were 30 minutes in length, but 6 50 minute classes a day every day is not going to be as easy as it appears on paper. 2.1 is laughably low as well. They are definitely trying to lowball you. Don't let some people here tell you that you need the experience to get higher pay. You can easily find a school and negotiate your way into making more money. This isn't a country which values experience as much as it does looks. If experience was really valued they would pay experienced teachers more than the bare minimum that they can get away with.

My advice is to tell them you want at least 2.4. If they pass then move on. You need to be spamming about 30 different recruiters and sending out your resume like crazy. Play the recruiters off of one another and don't settle for such crap pay. You will be a sucker if you take this offer.

Re: Not a good a contract
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2019, 08:43:34 am »
6, 50min classes a day for 2.1, that's extremely low.

Move on, seriously.

  • alexisalex
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1065

    • March 02, 2014, 05:10:24 pm
Re: Not a good a contract
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2019, 12:32:44 pm »
High school teacher (50 minute classes) chipping in here. 

Six classes a day is insane.  You'll be a braindead zombie after a month.  That's without the "report cards, staff meetings and training" that they also mention.

  • stoat
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1975

    • March 05, 2019, 06:36:13 pm
    • seoul
Re: Not a good a contract
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2019, 03:31:27 pm »
5 hours teaching a day is hardly insane/zombie inducing.

  • oglop
  • The Legend

    • 4625

    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Not a good a contract
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2019, 10:30:09 pm »
30 classes a week is a lot. that also equals to 17,500won a class :/