Working in Shanghai

  • [Wednesday] 19th Nov,2014
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Shanghai's expatriate workers have city's rebirth and tremendous growth of the past 10 years-profiting from local real estate investments, manufacturing opportunities and market liberalisation. The optimistic mood among expats recalls the heady days of the 1920s and 30s when the Chinese port city boasted the most opulent lifestyles and seediest characters on the planet. However, unlike in Shanghai's heyday, the city is no longer an exotic outpost but a common global workplace, now home to more than 400,000 foreigners. That said, Shanghai remains a honeypot of opportunity-to start a business, develop professionally, pursue artistic endeavours, or just to take it easy and live well doing it. Because of the booming economy, most working expats put in long hours at their jobs-influenced, no dubt, by their live-to-work Shanghainese co-workers.

Chinese Language at Work:

Many high-level managers recruited from abroad don't need Chinese in the workplace and often can not find the time to pick up the local language in the off-hours. Outside of these executive positions, however, proficient Putonghua( Standard Mandarin ) is extremely useful and can mean a better job at a better pay. Many companies only interview bilingual candidates  and certain jobs require Chinese. However, don't let language skills be a deterrent from moving-non-Chinese speakers can still find good jobs if they have relevant experience and a willingness to work in a multicultural environment. Just start studying once you get to Shanghai.

Teaching English:

teaching English to Chinese students is a common occupation for foreign students, new arrivals, or other professionals seeking a change or some steady cash in Shanghai. Check your pulse, but be wary of schools with an overly lax hiring policy. Teachers in Shanghai work under three basic arrangements: working for one school exclusively; working through middlemen to teach at several schools; or private tutoring. the first option is the most common, with many expats choosing to teach at supplementary evening schools such as Web International or Wall Street English on top of  this. Most schools offer six-month or yearly contracts with salaries of CNY5,000 to CNY 15,000 a month. High schools and universities offer less money but often provide housing. full-time positions almost always offer work visas and residence permits, at the expense of rigid supervision.

Freelance and private tutors usually make more money but sometimes have trouble obtaining the proper visa an permits. 'Educational consultants' advertise on the city's job sites and help teachers find work at multiple locations for about CNY123-CNY200 per hour. Private tutos need to find students themselves, but native English speakers can make up to CNY 3-- per hour.