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As one of the great ancient civilizations, China is a country with a rich history, full of beauty and fascination. In China, we recruit teachers exclusively for the Shanghai region. As the economic center of the region, Shanghai has a high demand for English teachers.

Job Overview in Shanghai, China

  • 15 – 25 teaching hours per week

  • 1 year contract

  • Pre-school to elementary school students


Compensation & Benefits

  • $1,700-3,000 USD per month

  • 10 days of paid annual vacation

  • National Holidays off & fully paid (up to 20 days)

  • Housing allowance

  • Full medical insurance

  • Flight reimbursement

About Shanghai, China

Located in the central coast of China, Shanghai is the one of the largest cities in the country with a population of over 24 million. It is a global center for finance, innovation and transportation. The city is renowned for its Lujiazui skyline, historic buildings and sugary cuisine. It is a preferred destination for many foreigners due to its good air quality relative to the northern provinces. The climate in Shanghai is humid with four distinct seasons. The temperature ranges from 35°C in the summer and -10°C in the winter. 

Language & Culture

Standard Chinese, or Mandarin, is used by over 1.2 billion people around the world. Although there are over 50,000 characters in the Chinese language, about 2,000 of them are commonly used. Chinese is a pictorial language, which means that its “alphabet” is a series of symbols that have specific meanings for words. Because of this, English teachers must ensure that their young students gain phonemic awareness as soon as possible. 

Many of the unspoken rules for navigating Chinese culture can be traced back to the teachings of Confucius. One important teaching that has persisted in modern Chinese culture is the importance given to rank and hierarchy. Saving "face" (mianzi) is also important in China. People often give high complements and try to avoid openly criticizing each other. 

Food & Entertainment

Chinese cuisine is an important part of the culture, which includes cuisines from the diverse regions of China. Chinese food staples include rice, soy sauce, noodles, and tea. Some of its most popular dishes among foreigners are Dim Sums, Chow Mein noodles, Kung Pao chicken, Ma Po (spicy) Tofu, Hong Shao Rou (pork belly), and Huo Guo (hot pot).

Shanghai is home to several performing art centers that host many concerts, musicals and circuses. Shanghai Disneyland is massive and has incredible attractions such as Tron, Marvel, and Pirates of the Caribbean themed rides. Throughout the year, people celebrate holidays with the New Years fireworks and the Dragon Boat Festival. Shanghai also has a wide range of options for nightlife, ranging from bustling night markets to high-end clubs. 


In China, teachers receive housing allowance that is added to their pay check each month. Your school will help you find an apartment, but it is your responsibility to pay the rent. In Shanghai, rent prices are high compared to rest of the country. Depending on what your budget is like, your studio apartment will be fairly small.

Your apartment will typically come furnished with basic appliances such as refrigerator, stove, bed, and washing machine. Sometimes it may include other provisions such as a sofa, TV, desk, microwave, etc.


China has two week-long holidays in a year. The Spring Festival is a week-long holiday celebrating the Chinese New Year. It is the first week in the Lunar calendar, which usually falls in late January or early February. National Day is also a one-week holiday during the first week of October. 

Other national holidays include: 

New Year's Day (January 1), Qing-Ming Festival (April 4), Labor Day (May 1), Dragon Boat Festival (June 25-26), Mid-Autumn Festival (October 1)

Salary & Taxes

All teachers working in China pay income taxes. Your employer will file taxes on your behalf, and it will be automatically deducted from your monthly pay check.


Foreigners working in China have a monthly tax-free personal allowance of 3,000 RMB. Any earnings over this amount will be taxed at following rates:


Some schools will state the net salary (after tax) in the contract. However, if your contract only includes gross salary (before tax), you can use the following formula to figure out exactly how much tax you will be paying. 

Monthly income – 3,000 RMB = Monthly Taxable Income

Monthly Taxable Income x Tax Rate – Deduction = Tax Payable

Here is one example where the gross salary is 14,000 RMB.

14,000 - 3,000 = 11,000 RMB Monthly Taxable Income

11,000 x 0.1 - 210 = 890 RMB Tax Payable

14,000 - 890 = 13,110 RMB Net Salary

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