Details about working contracts on South Korea

When you attempt to sign a contract in South Korea there are several things that you should keep in mind. For one thing, the contract that you sign may not necessarily be binding. Actually it may be open to negotiations along the way that could go in your favor more times than not. There is little stock put into paper contracts in South Korea as the word of a person is considered to be far more important and binding.

Another issue is the fact that only a contract in Korean will be upheld in any court. This is the basic premise of the contracts in South Korea as they do not take problems lightly especially when it comes to foreign persons on their soil. If you violate any part of a contract, written or otherwise, then you can expect stiff penalties.

You should also keep in mind that once you sign a contract, the US embassy cannot help you in any way. This is part of the contract process and any kind of legal issues take a lot of time and are very expensive in South Korea. Check with the US embassy prior to signing a contract and they will offer you the best legal advice that can be offered in the country and the cost will be far less than that of an attorney in South Korea.

There are some contracts in South Korea basics that you should be aware of. These items should be included on most of the contracts that you would be asked to sign and they are things that you need to make sure will benefit you in the end.

  • Housing ' Not all contracts in South Korea allow for housing, especially in some of the lesser known cities, but it is a mainstay in the large cities. Make sure that the contract stipulates that you will not pay for anything to do with housing. Some schools will provide dorms for teachers but they end up deducting the costs from salary that is paid you will want to make sure that this is not the case.
  • Salary ' All things that relate to your pay should be stated in the contract that you sign. Do not accept any kind of oral agreement when it comes to the salary. All dates, rates and methods should appear on the pages that you sign. Make sure that the currency exchange rate is taken into consideration or you find yourself on the losing end of the deal.
  • Hours ' This is a big item on the contracts in South Korea. You will need to be sure that all hours you are expected to work appear in black and white in the contract that you sign. There are occasions that employers will expect more from you if there is no stipulation in your contract regarding working hours. There have been times when people are made to work long hours even though they are not getting paid for the entire time. Insist that all hours you are expected to work are clearly stated to avert a disaster.
  • Classes ' This is another area that needs to be clearly defined. If you are hired to teach conversational English then that is what you need to be teaching. If you are asked to teach other classes then you will need to request that you contracts in South Korea are revamped to state that you are doing other than the first contract states. This will help you to understand your role in the school that you are teaching for. Otherwise you may find yourself teaching a class that you are not qualified to teach.