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.
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.
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.
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 consultation for our teachers which provides NETs advices to find a place to live under a reasonable price.
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 4:30pm, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.