I know this has been commented on before, but a recent classified ad has really impressed me with its gall, so I figure it's time for a review. If you are offering *just* what you make hourly when trying to find a substitute, you are being cheap and a billion other adjectives that are far less gentle but mostly more suitable. And then there are cases--like this latest ad--where you're paying even less than what you make hourly, or at least that seems like the case when you are paying the same daily wage for vastly different daily working hours (You can find the ad yourself if this description seems convoluted). I don't have words in my vocabulary that cover how miserly you are. Now, again, why should you pay more than your base salary in the case that you need a sub?
1) When you are looking for a substitute, you are presumably asking someone to take a fireable/deportable risk-- working illegally outside of his/her own contract. Why should this person work for 10-15,000 won an hour?
2) You are making more than just your base salary. 99% of us are getting some sort of housing, an end-of-the-year bonus, and other such benefits. Again, if you're not cheap, you should consider this when suggesting compensation for a substitute.If the person's subbing for less than a month, it's still an honest gesture to throw in a little more based on this.
3) Just out of basic human kindness, you should offer a bit more than what your hagwon owner is going to shell out, because the reality is this person is doing you a huge favor. You are taking your little island vacation or heading home, and you can have the peace of mind that you're still going to have a job to come back to because your boss had a Western face to take your place for a couple of days/weeks. If a stranger helps you out, you should offer more than 10-15,000 won an hour, plain and simple.
Yet virtually everytime I see a substitute ad, that's what the hourly rate comes out to... maybe 20,000 won an hour at most, but that's a rarity. And these people who write these ads do their best to sell it as if they're giving you a deal. I really hope that these people have a hellish time finding teachers to cover for them; I don't like wishing ill on people, but I can't stomach it when foreigners treat each other disingenuously.