What is going on here people? Jobs on line now are over 40 hours per week for 2.2million WON. Here are some general tips:
You should not be at your school for more than 30 hours a week. This is the standard. School wanting you there from 9-6 should be paying you more. The jobs posted today are sick!
You should be getting at least 10 days paid vacation. This is the standard. However, all those jobs posted today are offering only 8. Why? Your holidays are based on a 20 day, pay system. Parents do not pay per month, they pay for every 20 days. The extra days in the month turn into your vacation days (which should be blocked as they are VACATION days-not days off). But, I am assuming here, because of Lunar and Chuseok fall during the week for the next upcoming year, the holidays have been put down to 8. But, your contract always states, 10 days plus holidays so I am not sure why the jobs posted today-for over 40 hours per week is only offering 8 vacation days.
You are allowed 3 sick days-again these are from the extra days in the month over the course of the year so take them. They are yours. If you do not take them you are working for free.
I always changed my contact to classes per week and not hours as people here never get paid for doing reports or prep work. They think this is part of the job but it is not. It is extra. Contracts state, usually, 30 hours a week or 120 a month but this can lead to problems.
Ask for more money. Your pay being offered of 2 to 2.2 is to low. The recruiter takes a big chunk of change from you and the school. Ask for more directly from the school-not the recruiter. Schools need to know that recruiters do more harm than good here. They are greedy buggers that are keeping prices down.
Your apartment should be more than 4 walls. You are university graduates, not students living in a dorm. Ask to see the accomodations first.
Anything you want in your contract add it in-but make sure it is on the Korean version of the contract. Legally, only the Korean contract holds any validity in court if you ever had to do that. You can use the english one but in the past anyway, it was not considered a legal document. The Korean one is the one that gets sent to immigration and so on so...
Really, if the job is like the ones posted today-9-6 for example, you should be making at least 2.6. If a 30 hour week job is worth 2.2, what is a 40 hour a week job worth?
Sorry for the typos as I am sure there are but I did not proof read this. I am out the door. I just couldn't believe my eyes today. Those jobs posted just made me sick. It is your life so get over thinking you are a guest and you must do whatever you are told here. Thats is crap. I am tired of seeing foreigners get taken advantage of here because they do not know any better. Koreans think they are so smart but ripping people off is hardly the sign of great intelligence. Be informed and be strong. There are many jobs out there. A year is a long time so choose well. And remember, you can quit, take off and then come back and get a new job. Forget what you have been told that you can not do this. You so can! Good luck.