The issue of pay has always been a sensitive one. I recently came across 2 adverts which shocked me, both concerned pay:
1)La rémunération proposée est de 17,00 € Brut /heure.
=17 Euros before any taxes=13 euros an hour
2)Our online school offers qualified teachers $9 per class before tax
=7 Euros an hour
Both jobs only require a ‘TEFL certificate’ ie even a weekend one would be valid. Neither job pays higher depending on qualifications or experience and neither school has the possibility of getting a better/higher paid teaching post as there aren’t any.
The fat has truly been trimmed! As more online schools pop up it’s not uncommon to see 10 Euro an hour jobs.
Of course, the first job may seem better paid but think about….travel time, travel cost, prep time, no/few materials. While the second has all the online materials ready to use. So which is better now?
Also, perhaps we can class the 1st as a small language school but the second is from one of many internet schools which seem to be the first wave. More will come and with competition and increased supply comes price competition and lower salaries.
I know both places and neither knows the DELTA or what an MA TESOL is. Is this the future and if so what the heck can we do about it?
Back in the day DELTA qualified people were only on about £2 an hour more than CELTA teachers and the MA was the same. I’m still to meet more than a couple of bosses nowadays who pay for experience as they always use the old argument that “you have a lot of experience but not in this industry/field/area/town/school/classroom” as an excuse to pay you the same as a CELTA grad.
I don’t think this is fair so I propose this:
CELTA grad = basic pay
DELTA grad = at least 20% more and eligibility to apply for higher posts
MA = at least 25% more
PGCE should also be recognised
Experience pay bands
The problem is of course that after 6 years you won’t go up a band or that a CELTA bloke who works there for 6 years might be on the same pay as an MA guy who starts now.
I understand why schools may offer low salaries for straight out of CELTA/no experience but without growth/promotion opportunities people won’t stay in EFL.
So, how much are you worth an hour? 20 Euros, 30, 50?? And why?? How about for 121’s?