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ESL job market in Korea 2017
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ArabicTeacher



Joined: 20 Jan 2016

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:22 pm    Post subject: ESL job market in Korea 2017 Reply with quote

What do you think about the current ESL job market in Korea for this year? I'm instead tutoring German to university kids since last December and taking care of my son at the same time. The ESL hagwon boss I met closed her business a week ago and it sure doesn't look nice right now.
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PRagic



Joined: 24 Feb 2006

PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably not much has changed since the last time you asked. Hope something pans out for you.
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J.Q.A.



Joined: 09 Feb 2017
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

O.P., ...well, more of the same.

Wages are crap
lLess Benefits
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World Traveler



Joined: 29 May 2009

PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The government will also lift restrictions on qualified English teachers from countries where English is not the first language but is widely spoken, like the Philippines or Malaysia, because they are often better educated and work harder than native-speaking "cowboys."
http://english.chosun.com/m/svc/article.html?contid=2017042001442&Dep0
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drcrazy



Joined: 19 Feb 2003
Location: Pusan. Yes, that's right. Pusan NOT Busan. I ain't never been to no place called Busan

PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

World Traveler wrote:
The government will also lift restrictions on qualified English teachers from countries where English is not the first language but is widely spoken, like the Philippines or Malaysia, because they are often better educated and work harder than native-speaking "cowboys."
http://english.chosun.com/m/svc/article.html?contid=2017042001442&Dep0


The idiot who wrote that article needs to get out more. For years there have been many people from the Philippines teaching English in many universities in Korea. That is old news, not new news.
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World Traveler



Joined: 29 May 2009

PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The difference being they could be brought over on an E-1, which limited the numbers due a restricted eligibility, whereas now they will be eligible to get the E-2 (language conversation teaching) visa. That's the most recent development. Which will impact the supply side, no doubt.
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Coltronator



Joined: 04 Dec 2013

PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skilled workers will no longer need to file new paperwork when they return to Korea but can simply refer to the documents they submitted when they first came here. A new service center at Incheon International Airport will handle skilled-worker visas so they can be processed on arrival rather than at embassies in their country.

This is a cool and welcome change
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ps3_machine



Joined: 28 Aug 2016

PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, good news indeed.

I guess it means quick arrival but the disadvantage is if the documents are not in order.

Let's see where this goes.
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World Traveler



Joined: 29 May 2009

PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which visas will count as "skilled worker" I wonder. Just E-7 or many more? Let's hope English teaching visas are included.
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10YearsExp



Joined: 02 May 2017
Location: The Big Apple

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

World Traveler wrote:
Which visas will count as "skilled worker" I wonder. Just E-7 or many more? Let's hope English teaching visas are included.


what is E7?
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PRagic



Joined: 24 Feb 2006

PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The E7 is a visa for workers in specified professions, supposedly those that cannot be filled by native Koreans. Those who work at companies usually have E7 visas.
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The Doctor



Joined: 22 Nov 2016
Location: Somewhere in time and space

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

drcrazy wrote:
World Traveler wrote:
The government will also lift restrictions on qualified English teachers from countries where English is not the first language but is widely spoken, like the Philippines or Malaysia, because they are often better educated and work harder than native-speaking "cowboys."
http://english.chosun.com/m/svc/article.html?contid=2017042001442&Dep0


The idiot who wrote that article needs to get out more. For years there have been many people from the Philippines teaching English in many universities in Korea. That is old news, not new news.


I concur. Not to mention the fact that the writer seems to have used google translate for that appallingly poor piece of drivel one must call "writing" for lack of a better word. "Cowboy" seriously? The imagination and finesse of a dead cod.
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weigook744



Joined: 12 Sep 2017
Location: Hangook

PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worse than 10 years ago, better than 5 years ago. Market not flooded like it was during the Great Recession. Worse than 5 years ago due to tapered off demand and flatter wages. Better than 5 years ago, because it's much easier to get a job and negotiate a bit.
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World Traveler



Joined: 29 May 2009

PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But only you say that, weigookin74.

The market has gotten worse in the past five years. And this is true pretty much everywhere in the ESL world, not just Korea. It's a slow, gradual decline that has been going on for decades and continues. Middle East, South America, etc. Less and less saving potential.

Ask someone on a university hiring committee how hard it is to get a job now compared to five years ago.

Things ain't getting better.

Not in this industry.

But in other industries they are.
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Chia Pet



Joined: 23 Jun 2013

PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the long term conditions could decline more in Korea than in other countries due to the low birth rate. A lot of hagwons are closing or struggling to stay afloat partly because there are fewer kids available each year. The competition for students will get worse and worse:
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About 360,000 babies will be born

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It is the first time the number of births in a year has fallen below 400,000.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40769591
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