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Employment Contracts for English Teachers Working in China

China Living TipsTeaching contracts in China vary widely depending on the school, the city in which it is located, the demand for English teachers, and the credentials of the teachers.

 This lack of an established system can either work for you or against you. The things you can count on being included in your contract are clauses regarding housing and medical care, and a clear statement of your wages and classroom duties, but if you are a savvy negotiator you might come out of the deal with considerably more. If possible, you should ask for references from former employees and people whom might be familiar with the institution and you should talk with teachers who are currently employed at the school. Be sure to have any contract that is written in Chinese translated independently before you sign it.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:57
What are the favorable policies for further encouraging foreign investment in high technology industries?

To encourage foreign-invested enterprises to introduce advanced foreign technologies and equipment, to promote industrial restructuring and technological upgrading, and to maintain sustained, rapid and healthy development of the national economy, the Chinese government has stipulated in recent years a series of favorable policies to invite foreign investment in high technology industries. These policies are mainly as follows:

Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 10:43
Jobs in China

Tesol in ChinaChina has long been an enigma to much of Western society. As the third-largest country in the world by area, this diverse and complex land has been home to some of history's most notable eras and events. Today's visitor can see evidence of those milestones: the Great Wall, the terra-cotta soldiers, Mao Zedong's mausoleum, Tiananmen Square - the list goes on.

It could take countless vacations to China to see all there is, but six months or a year spent teaching there is a sure way to get an inside look at this fascinating country.
China comprises one of earth's oldest civilizations and has remained relatively secluded - for many years Christian missionaries were the only English speakers to make extended stays there. As a result, China's political and economic systems have to a large degree isolated its people from Western influence. In recent years the growing global economy has demanded change in China, and the country's leaders have been struggling to respond. For example, although the economic reforms of Deng Xioaping during the 1970s and 1980s did much to increase production on China's farms, only 15 to 20 percent of China's land is suitable for farming. And even this arable land is shrinking due to industrialization, urbanization, and flooding. This crisis of an increasing population and a decreasing capacity to produce food has led to China's infamous government-promoted birth-control programs.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 July 2013 11:16
Tips for new expats living in China

A whopping big salary may not be the main reason for relocating to China, but no matter what your deal, opening a Chinese bank account seems to be a challenge for everybody.

But it "really is a simple process", says Colin Dixon, an Irish expat who has been living in Beijing for three years. "Although the process itself may be simple, indeed the longest part of the process is sitting in the queue."

To open an account, an expat needs a local phone number, a local address, a passport and an application form. A Chinese friend comes in handy because the application form is in Chinese.

"In China, cash is still king," says Dixon. Many expats opt to open local bank accounts so they don't have to pay high transaction fees with an international bank. Also, some of these overseas accounts may not be accepted everywhere.

Chinese Labour Law and Working Conditions in China

Chinese labour law
The Labour Contract Law, which covers all workers in China, changed on January 1, 2008 in an effort to address the rising number of labour disputes. The law requires that employment contracts must be put in writing within one month of employment commencing, and gives clear recourse to employees whose rights have been violated. It covers areas such as severance pay, probationary periods, lay-offs, non-compete clauses and collective bargaining. An English translation of the law can be found on the section of Chinese Law on our website. This link will directly lead you:

Labour Law of the People's Republic of China  (中华人民共和国劳动法)


  1. According to Chinese labour law, the standard working time is 40 hours per week. In theory, the standard work week in China runs from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, but in reality, overtime is the norm and most local companies don’t compensate their workers for it.
  2. All workers in China are entitled to three national holidays, each stretching into a week of vacation: Chinese New Year (usually in late January or late February), International Labour Day (first week of May) and National Day (first week of October). While employees get the week off, the government mandates that workers "make up" for the holiday by working through the previous weekend (resulting in only three days off). In any case, you should ensure that your holidays are stated in your employment contract.
  3. If you are badly treated at work, you should first complain to your personnel department, preferably in writing, with evidence to back your case. If there is subsequently no change then it could be time to speak to a lawyer. Try to find a reliable Chinese lawyer, as they will be familiar with the local regulations.
  4. If your company wants to fire you for any reason, they should give you one month’s notice, first providing verbal and written warnings in cases of alleged misconduct. 

Last Updated on Friday, 16 April 2010 09:34
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