I would like some advice from people who have taught in Shanghai. What sort of pay should I expect and what are the pitfalls. I am registered to get a job thru EF in Manchester, does anyone know if they're any good? Help. this will be my first job.
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I'm up in the north (Dalian), so I'm not too familiar with Shanghai salaries. I'd say that 10k (RMB) a month should be a good point to base your decision(s) on. It all depends on what hours they expect of you, whether or not they include accomodation, whether or not you'd be expected to be present in the office all day etc...
Places like Shanghai and Beijing are obviously full of foreign teachers, which makes finding a well-paid job a bit harder. However, if you are well-qualified, you'd qualify for positions in the international schools, or private companies.
As for EF, I've heard a lot about them, mostly negative, I'm afraid. EF itself has no control over its schools in China; they are run privately, as they are a franchise. You'd be well advised to do a bit of research on places like Dave's ESL Cafe.
Good luck, and if you have any other questions about teaching in China, feel free to ask.