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Q: Any idea why the universities in beijing pay dirt?

7 years 34 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - China

 
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Don't universities in China pay dirt pretty much anywhere, unless you're working for a joint venture program?

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 I have wondered about that myself. For primary and secondary schools, I have been offered twice what i make in a university. However, as I am not fond of children I prefer to make 50% less than to spend an entire day with kids.

Maybe it is that so many WANT to teach university and so few  want to teach primary/secondary school? I would guess it is a supply and demand problem.

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Was offered 4k yuan to work at a university there, however already make 6k here in shenyang, both provide accomodation, shenyang one even provides lunch on working day. does 4k sound like what the universities generally pay there?

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4k would be an absolutely terrible salary for Beijing. Maybe in a developing part of China it is sub-standard for a public university (yet still low), but for a city like Beijing where it may take around 10k for you to live comfortably, it's bad.

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NAH, if they were paying you dirt you'd be living outside eating off the ground. I doubt they pay dirt if your living in a furnished room and your eating at nice expensive restaurants buy ing apple products every other weekend and taking 15 trips a year....

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yes foreign english teachers at universities should be paid 12k a month , free housing, flight reimbursement to work 14 hours a week and have 4 months off a year.  

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The Chinese see it as prestigious to work at a university as a professor. Also there are more teachers who are young men trying to get into these positions for exposure to the young women in the universities hence greater supply of labor and lower wages. Simple economics really. Kindergarten jobs pay more...Why because there are more Native English speaking men in China who don't want to have to put up with screaming kids.   

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They want you to pay your dues.  

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The pay in universities is low because the contract hours are lower. In most cases the university contracts are less than 20 hours a week, with no office hours. University holidays are also the longest in the public system. Also reflected in the low salary is the free rent, utilities and subsidised meals that most universities provide. The bosses of these establishments know that the short hours and long holidays will encourage their teachers to moonlight in the private sector. So, if you want to work a forty hour week, you could work up to twenty or more hours in the private sector. These moonlighting jobs generally pay about 150 Yuan per hour. So you could easily add 12000 a month to your average monthly university salary of 6000, giving you 18000 a month. You would be hard-pressed to find a non-university job, requiring a full forty hour week, that would pay you that much, and many of them would not provide the free accommodation either. So, taking the whole picture into consideration, the university gig is really quite a good one. Plus you will have no hassle with visas and getting paid on time at a good state-run university. These are the reasons why the university positions are the most sought after in most Chinese cities..

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