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Q: How much does the “agency” that I work for make off of me?

I was recruited by a person in the states to work for a company in Beijing and then sent to work for a public school in Southern China. I was told where I was going to work ahead of time so there was no deception involved.
So I am wondering; how much money does the company in Beijing make off of me? I know most on here say that you shouldn’t work for an “agency”, but I actually like them and they have gone to bat for me several times when the school has gotten way out of line.
Are they usually paid a simple fee or is it a percentage of my monthly salary?

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It depends on the Agency. Some they charge School fixed, 'one-time' amount, usually same as your monthly salary.

 

Some Agencies earn much more than that, especially if Agency receives pay from the School for your work for, and then Agency pays your salary.

 

Helen Group received 10000 Rmb monthly from the School, I was working in, and paid me less than half of that amount as my salary.

I found out about that by 'accident'! I slept much nicer when I didn't know that.

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It depends on the Agency. Some they charge School fixed, 'one-time' amount, usually same as your monthly salary.

 

Some Agencies earn much more than that, especially if Agency receives pay from the School for your work for, and then Agency pays your salary.

 

Helen Group received 10000 Rmb monthly from the School, I was working in, and paid me less than half of that amount as my salary.

I found out about that by 'accident'! I slept much nicer when I didn't know that.

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Do you have a contract with an agent, or a school? If you have a contract with an agent they take the referral fee plus some of your monthly salary. Sometimes half.

 

 If the agent referred you to a school, and you have a contract with the school, then the agent most likely earned just a referral fee. 

 

It depends who you have a contract with. Do you have a Residence Permit? Did you come on a Z visa?

 

I'm not opposed to agencies. I might have a good Beijing position through an agent. I would not know of the job without the agent. 

 

icnif77 makes some good points. 

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I signed one contract about 25 pages long with the “agency” and then I sign another contract with the school that is about 8 pages long, but I have been told that this contract is just for getting my resident’s permit. My pay is directly deposited into my account from the company in Beijing. As far as I know the “agency” gets the money in a lump sum and then pays me accordingly.
The only way I would ever consider getting rid of the “agency” is if the school would prepay me for the at least 3 months. This is a school that didn’t pay its own teachers for over 3 months and hasn’t given them a raise is nearly 10 years.

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I am the only foreigner working here so I won’t say where I am working. It hasn’t always been easy, but I also have gotten every cent of my pay.
Yes, I often feel like I am in the middle, but that’s ok. If the school doesn’t like me calling the “agency” they can quit giving me a reason to call them. Trust me when I tell either the school or the agency that I will quit if I don’t get what was promised to me they can tell I am clearly not joking about it.
From a financial standpoint, unless you’re making over 15,000 RMB/month working in China is in no way profitable, so I will take absolutely no shit from anyone while here.

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