The ESL job market in China is on the rise. If you are interested in teaching English in China, there are more opportunities than in any other country in Asia. The wages have increased a lot due to the economic boom and demand for English education. These days, you can save a significant amount of money teaching in China. The cost of living is still relatively low and salaries have become much more attractive. Plus, employers usually pay for your airfare if you sign on for a year or more.
Considering all of these benefits, China has become one of the most popular destinations in Asia for teaching English abroad. You can have a decent lifestyle as an ESL teacher in the country while making a relatively good income.
Read the reviews below highlighting the best job sites for teaching English in China. It should make your job search a little easier.
Updated: January 2018
Teaching Nomad has a ton of valuable information about teaching in Asia. Most notably, the site gives a thorough summary of what to expect when teaching in all of the different countries. They highlight important details, such as the benefits of working in all countries, general work schedules, how to apply for jobs, and the requirements for teaching in each destination.
The site has job postings for the most popular teaching destinations in Asia, including China, South Korea, Taiwan, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Their China job board definitely has the most job leads. At the time of this review, there were well over 200 jobs in China for English teachers.
When you search specifically for jobs in China on Teaching Nomad’s site, there is a long list of English teaching jobs. You could possibly teach other subjects as well. For instance, many schools across the country are looking for people to teach Math, Social Studies, IT, Physical Education, Music and more. It also highlights the specific start dates and salary range for each job on the search results page. Moreover, the format is very clear so it facilitates the application process.
Teaching Nomad also has a teacher training division called “Teacher Link” which offers a special deal for a 120-Hour Online TEFL course. After you complete the online course, if you take a job through Teaching Nomad, you can get the cost of the course refunded! For more information about their teacher certification programs, visit Teacher Link.
Why so serious?
Finding a teaching job in China certainly doesn’t have to be a serious strain if you know how and where to look for it.
The Serious Teachers website makes the process a lot easier with their search feature on the main page. Simply select “China” from the drop-down menu and a long list of all the jobs available in China will appear. If you find a job listing that you like, follow the links and you can read more details about each posting. To apply for positions, you need to create a free account on the site. You can then contact the schools with your application.
There is also a section on the site where you can upload your personal profile so that employers can contact you directly. In your profile, you can include other information like your Skype ID or SMS info. This feature will likely make it easier for employers to get in touch with you if you choose to utilize it.
The layout of the website is a bit dated, but it still offers more job opportunities than most of the other sites out there. In addition, there are other teaching jobs besides English teaching positions that you can apply for on the site as well.
Finally, what makes SeriousTeachers.com unique is that their job ads are always fresh and up to date. When you register (for free) on their site, you will receive instant notification of all of the most recent jobs that are listed by the schools. Also, whenever you sign in, they will inform you about the newest job offers. It’s certainly a win-win scenario for both the teachers and the schools.
3. Abroad China
Another resource for teaching English in China is the Abroad China’s website. From the main page, follow the “More Vacancies” link. You will see several posts for university positions and jobs at international schools. There are also opportunities available at public schools and other language institutes.
To apply for the positions, you will need to sign up for a free account on their site. After you have signed up, you can post your resume just like on the other sites.
There is also another section that focuses on part-time work. If you are already in China and don’t require visa sponsorship, this would be a good place to search to earn extra money.
Furthermore, by accessing their map, you can browse the jobs by province. It also lists the number of positions that are available in each area. This is a unique feature of the Abroad China that many of the other job sites are lacking. So it is definitely worthwhile checking out this section of their site if you already know which province in China you would like to live in.
The eChina Cities website is one of the leading job sites for foreigners in China. When you visit their homepage, there are several categories to choose from. They feature articles about living in China, accommodation listings, city guides, and a question/answer section. All of the content is tailored towards foreigners living in the country.
Click on the jobs section and you will see all of the latest job postings. At the top, the sponsored jobs are highlighted in yellow. If you scroll down more, you can browse through the remaining teaching jobs. You can also customize your search by province to see the jobs that are available in each region.
Another nice search feature on the site is that you can search specifically for part-time or full-time positions. There are also other types of jobs listed, including freelance work, internships, and non-teaching employment opportunities.
This list of reviews wouldn’t be complete without Dave’s ESL Cafe. The job board section on Dave’s site continues to provide numerous opportunities for English teachers looking for work in China. Recruiters post many of the listings on the site. However, some of the job ads are posted directly by the schools themselves. You can find work at international schools and large language academies, such as English First, Shane English School, and Wall Street.
6. The Beijinger, Shanghai Expat, and Shenzhen Party
For the last three best job sites for teaching English in China, you should visit them if you want to work in Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen specifically. The Beijinger site has an excellent classified section that lists both part-time and full-time teaching positions in Beijing. If you want to work in Shanghai, check out Shanghai Expat’s forum and click on the jobs category to find English teaching opportunities there. Shenzhen Party’s website also features a job section if you prefer to teach in southern China.
That sums up our review of the top sites for finding English teaching positions in China. Best of luck with your job search.
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