taiwan on the job tips

Contracts in Taiwan
The Taiwanese law requires you to have a signed contract for employment before a work permit is issued. Even though the Contracts in Taiwan aren't as binding as in other countries, you will benefit from following these guidelines when you negotiate Contracts in Taiwan.

Working Hours
Specify the hourly rate for extracurricular activities such as parent's day, sport and cultural activities. You don't want to work several hours extra a week and not receive compensation. Establish the hourly rate and expected normal working hours.

Some of the school Contracts in Taiwan specifies that you cannot leave once you punched in. It means that you cannot even leave to go to the post office since it will cost you a full day's salary. Don't sign a contract that specifies more than one hour's rate penalty for breaking the rules. If it isn't stipulated at all, ask for it to be included in the contract.

You work many hours a week and still have to fit in meetings afterwards. If meetings are mandatory, request for a compensation rate, or that they stipulate the number of meetings that you have to attend.

Many of the schools request a deposit even though it is illegal. They protect themselves by requesting large deposits, or taking it from your first three month's salary. In this way, you wont just leave the school. You can counter the issue by either not signing or by playing poor. They are more lenient when you say that you cannot afford it.

Working Conditions
The contract should stipulate how many students are in a class, level of teaching, and a full job description. What classes do you have to teach and is there enough preparation time?

Benefits include vacations, public holidays, medical insurance, housing and bonus. Find out when you have to take your leave and what health insurance benefits you get. Will they subsidize part of it? What deductions do they make for housing and if they provide accommodation, is it close to the school?

Are you allowed to teach at other institutions or do private tutoring?

Will the school sponsor a resident visa and trips to secure your visa? What are the conditions of the visa? What is the length of the visa and are there any restrictions?

Do they deduct the taxes or is it your responsibility? What are the tax rates and exemptions?

The contract must stipulate the minimum qualifications for the job. It protects you because they cannot discharge you later on the grounds that you are not qualified for the position.

Contracts in Taiwan is flexible and you have a lot of negotiation leverage since they have a shortage of English teachers in the country. The buxibans (bushibans) don't offer as many benefits as the larger schools but they don't care that much about your qualifications either. Never hand your passport to the school because they might keep you ransom. Contracts in Taiwan don't offer specific features, it is left to negotiating partners to decide on the terms and conditions of employment. And for that reason you should scrutinize all contracts for the fine print. Demand that they translate the contract to English if it is in Chinese.