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  • Lazio
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1127

    • January 27, 2018, 03:56:10 pm
    • Gyeongi-do
https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2023/01/19/national/socialAffairs/korea-english-teachers/20230119170028829.html

NIED is looking into a possible correlation between the reduced number of native-speaking instructors and the unemployment rate in the United States. The unemployment rate in the U.S. in December 2022 was 3.5 percent, which was the lowest since the 1960s, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Three Americans who were recently recruited by NIED decided not to come to Korea because they found jobs at the U.S.

Yepp, they are onto something. If the unemployment rate was higher in the US, 2.1 million would still attract more than enough teachers. Good thinking.
« Last Edit: January 20, 2023, 09:45:16 pm by taeyang »
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  • Renma
  • Expert Waygook

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    • September 01, 2014, 06:09:42 am
Re: Number of English teachers entering Korea drops to third
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2023, 11:15:21 am »
What proportion of NETs are from the USA? I'm sure low US unemployment is a factor but it seems like cope to pin that as the main reason. Especially citing 3 (a whole three!) individuals who may not be truthful about why they aren't coming (perhaps they got cold feet or heard the gospel from weigookin74).


  • Billy Herrington
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • June 30, 2022, 12:02:07 am
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Re: Number of English teachers entering Korea drops to third
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2023, 11:21:28 am »
I guess hangook77 got his wish.
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Re: Number of English teachers entering Korea drops to third
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2023, 11:22:39 am »
I don't know what to think about that article. Talk about a narrow focus.
What about the employment rates in other E2 countries, especially Canada. What about potential E2s, not looking for an adventure, wary of low wages and long hours in hagwons. What about people still not willing to travel.

10% of hagwon jobs not filled. Hopefully that 10% are the ones that the likes of scottj would be advertising...the bottom feeders!


  • Bakeacake
  • Expert Waygook

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    • July 12, 2010, 01:35:40 pm
    • Pohang South Korea
Re: Number of English teachers entering Korea drops to third
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2023, 01:23:36 pm »
A school I work for was looking for 3 new hires this year.  They went with a recruiting agency and that recruiter ONLY found south africans.  all straight of out uni with zero work experience. And mostly afrikaans. Epik requires proof of English schooling from their SA applicants.  I gave them the name of an American guy.  They hired him on the spot and gave me a substantial "recruiting bonus". New teachers who are coming now are coming from places like SA where the wages for teachers are embarrassing. Not to mention the 12 hours a day without electricity. E2 teachers need to be from the big 6 English speaking countries. But work conditions and wages in 5 of those countries far exceeds anything Korea has to offer.


  • gogators!
  • Waygook Lord

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    • March 16, 2016, 04:35:48 pm
    • Seoul
Recruiting bonus--maybe H77 has this whole thing backwards. He could up his salary by encouraging rather than discouraging new teachers.


  • Live4Kimchi
  • Waygookin

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    • January 04, 2023, 01:33:58 pm
    • Anywhere there's kimchi
Not sure if this is related to the OP, but I received an email last week with the subject "You sent me your resume before." I probably shouldn't have opened such a sketchy sounding email, but it is what it is. Anyway, it was from a recruiter that I had talked with nearly three years ago asking if I needed a job or if I knew of anyone that needed work, and if so to email her asap and she would find us a good job.
« Last Edit: January 26, 2023, 08:14:32 am by Live4Kimchi »


  • Bakeacake
  • Expert Waygook

    • 675

    • July 12, 2010, 01:35:40 pm
    • Pohang South Korea
Recruiting bonus--maybe H77 has this whole thing backwards. He could up his salary by encouraging rather than discouraging new teachers.

its a great little perk that I'll be adding in to any new contracts.  especially since my current employer is running 4 different English hagwons.


  • waygo0k
  • The Legend

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    • September 27, 2011, 11:51:01 am
    • Chungnam
It has been coming.

Korea on average now pays roughly the same as a high end hagwon or public school in Thailand when things like COL are considered.

I certainly know which of the two countries Id choose!


  • Bakeacake
  • Expert Waygook

    • 675

    • July 12, 2010, 01:35:40 pm
    • Pohang South Korea
im finding a lot of offers for over 3 mil.  now is an amazing time to change job and ask for outrages raises.    no one has been able to find any new teachers even after using a recruiter.


Secret is out..... korea sucks
Blood sucking hagwon owners, lying recruiters, education offices being run by exhagwon owners, crazy parents, terrible housing, low pay, reduced benefits, students could be hit or miss though
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