It can be a hassle to go through the paperwork so that I can work in Hong Kong legally. What should I do?
You will need an Employment Visa in order to work in Hong Kong as a teacher. Upon confirmation of employment, Headstart Group will provide visa sponsorship and instruction to guide you through the paperwork. The following documents are required for legal stay and work in Hong Kong as a teacher:
You will receive a guideline on the documents required to apply for an employment visa. Once all the required documents have been made ready, the complete application package will be submitted by the company to the Hong Kong Immigration Department for you.
The application process will take up to 6-8 weeks and may be prolonged if the Immigration Department makes further inquiries on the application. If the application is successful, the Immigration Department will issue a Visa/Entry Permit label and the application fee of HK$190 will be charged upon collection. Since the visa needs to be activated, we will guide you through the activation process as well.
All visa holders are required to register for a Hong Kong ID card through the Immigration department within 30 days of visa activation. The application must be done in-person and the company will provide guidelines. For first time applications, it is free of charge and the process time is within 10 days.
The Sexual Conviction Record Check (SCRC) is an administrative scheme operated by the Hong Kong Police Force to enable employers undertaking child-related work to check whether eligible applicants have any criminal conviction records against a specified list of sexual offences.
To apply, you will need to have your Passport or Hong Kong ID card ready, a documentary proof of possible employment from the company and a HK$115 application fee. You will need to submit the application in-person since finger-print scanning will be done during the process.
Do I need to be in Hong Kong for the interviews?
If you are overseas then no you don’t. The first interview with us will be conducted through Skype. Depending on the schedule, employed teachers may conduct their interview with schools through Skype as well.
What are the working hours as a teacher in Hong Kong?
Working hours vary a little from school to school. Generally, they are from 8:30am to 4:30am, i.e. 8 hours. There will be days when teachers need to stay back for after-school activities or co-planning meetings. Teachers may also need to attend some Saturday functions like open day or parents’ day.
What is the salary range to be a teacher in Hong Kong?
The salary range for a new Native English Teacher (NET) varies based on your experience, academic qualification and school type. In general, the average monthly salary ranges from HK$18,000 – HK$25,000 for a newly arrived NET.
As a NET teacher, you will also have the opportunity for career advancements to their Hong Kong Education Bureau native-speaking English teacher (NET) scheme if you meet the requirements including but not limited to being a degree holder, with TEFL qualifications and related teaching experiences. This scheme can provide a opportunity of monthly salary range from HK$26,700 to HK$65,150 with an extra HK$20,000 housing allowance.
Is the tax rate high in Hong Kong?
No, not quite. Hong Kong is one of the world’s freest economies with a low and simple tax regime. There are no capital gains taxes or VAT while sales tax only applies to tobacco and alcohol. Salary tax is low compared to most of the countries and capped at 17%.
Will I have health insurance coverage from the company?
Full time NETs will be provided a health insurance plan. Generally speaking, it covers 80% of out-patient doctor’s visits and 100% hospitalisation charges. However, it is highly advisable to get a plan in your own country too.
Hong Kong seems to have a high expense of living especially on accommodation, will I have any support on finding a place to live?
Generally, living expenses in Hong Kong are reasonable. Accommodation is easy to find but less easy to pay for as rental prices are some of the highest in the world. Sharing apartments is a viable option compared to renting an entire apartment. Although the rental price may fluctuate due to economic and seasonal factors, the monthly rent is around HK$8000-HK$10,000.
We do offer accommodation packages for our teachers which saves NETs trouble to find a place to live under a reasonable price.
I am native English speaker with no knowledge about Hong Kong and Cantonese, will that be a problem?
The official language of Hong Kong is English and Cantonese so you should have no problem communicating and living in Hong Kong.
To help our new teachers further, upon arrival we will prepare new teachers with orientation workshops and trainings so that you will have a full understanding of the local culture, the essential living standards, workplace norms and background of education systems in Hong Kong.
I am lacking understanding on how to teach local students in Hong Kong? Should I take some training beforehand?
If you are willing to take trainings in your own expense it is most welcome. However, for all employed teachers we will offer continuous training on a monthly basis over the year. All trainings are free of charge for employed Headstart teachers.
My friends and family are overseas and I am worried that I cannot visit them while working in Hong Kong. Is it true?
There are around 17 public holidays in Hong Kong for full time teachers so you will have plenty of time to visit your family or do some explorations. For part time teachers, your working hours will be comparatively flexible and should have no problem to take some time off.
This is the first time I come to Hong Kong. Will I have any support upon arrival?
On the date of your arrival, our staff will welcome you at the airport and lead you to your accommodation. Further support will be provided including orientation to the local culture and workplace, briefing on school and job nature and free training workshops.