Teach English in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a global center for trade and commerce. It also offers among the best opportunities for highly qualified teachers to earn a high income while living in a world-class city.

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What to Know about Teach English in Hong Kong

Employment Requirements

Education

A minimum university bachelor degree is required to teach English in Hong Kong. Bachelor in Education or English as well as teaching qualification is highly preferred for public school positions.

TEFL Certification

TEFL Certification is required. A minimum of 150-hour TEFL certification which includes a practicum is recommended to qualify for NET Scheme positions.

Citizenship Requirements

The Hong Kong Government's Native English Teacher (NET) Scheme requires teachers to be native speakers of English or possess native-speaker English competence. There is no requirement to hiring specific nationalities. Private employers may prefer specific nationalities based on their school program needs

Contract Hours and Terms

Types of Jobs

NET Scheme jobs are primary and secondary public school teaching positions Some private school positions cater to school children while others cater to business professionals

Teaching Hours

20-30 teaching hours and lesson preparation time

Vacation

Public Schools: Public holidays and school holidays
Private Schools/Language Schools: Public holidays plus 7-14 paid vacation days
Specific vacation terms vary by employer

Contract Period

NET Scheme Employers: 2 years
Non-NET Scheme and Private Employers: Contract period varies by employer

Income and Living Costs

Salary

$2500- 6000 per month

Living Costs

$2500 - 5000 per month

Savings Potential

$400 - 3500 per month

Startup Cost

$2000 - 3000

Housing

NET Scheme: Housing allowance ~$3200 (25,000 HKD) per month
Non-NET Scheme and Private Schools: Housing allowance may be offered

Airfare

NET Scheme: Roundtrip airfare reimbursed for up to four family members
Non-NET Scheme and Private Schools Airfare cover or reimbursement varies by employer

Health Insurance

National Health Insurance System (co-pay)

Getting Hired

Best Time to Apply

NET Scheme: January
Other Employers Year-round

Hiring Process

1-2 interviews by phone or Skype, followed by job offer and contract if successful

Visas

Work visas provided. Many private school/language school positions prefer applicants who are Hong Kong residents

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