Foreign teachers in China will be able to take on part-time work if new draft measures formulated by the government are approved. Hired in China reports that China’s Ministry of Education, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Security, and the Ministry of Science and Technology, are working together to improve the current system and help foreign teachers in China legalize their side hustles.
In a statement at the end of last month, the Ministry of Education announced that foreign teachers seeking additional part-time employment outside of the company for which their visa is attached can do so as long as the arrangement is agreed upon with both employers.
Under the draft regulations, an agreement between the teacher, their main employer, and the part-time employer must be signed and submitted to the Exit and Entry Administration Department in order to legalize the arrangement.
It seems new teachers will not be able to take on extra work during their probation period, however, and the number of hours worked at the part-time job also cannot exceed the number of hours they are contracted for with their original employer.
Many foreign teachers in China take on part-time jobs as a way to earn some extra cash under the table.
Although a violation of visa law, such practices are so common that the government is keen to get part-time teaching jobs on the books and therefore taxed accordingly.
Meanwhile, tougher regulations may be in store for foreign teachers in China in general.
Under more new proposals put forward by the above mention ministries, teachers could be fired for “words and deeds” that are deemed to damage China’s sovereignty.
The Education Administrative Department of State Council is also keen to launch an information platform that will establish a credit system for foreign teachers.
Under the proposed system, educational institutions would be asked to provide reports on their teachers to the Ministry of Education, with any bad behavior required by law to be recorded.
Examples of bad behavior laid out in the draft include serious academic misconduct, accepting unauthorized work outside of the school, or quitting without notice before the employment contract has expired.
Expats deemed to be “excellent” teachers will be awarded points, while those that fall out of favor may find themselves on a list of prohibited teachers.
Accredited education institutions will be able to look up the score of any registered foreign teacher in China using their unique credit number, meaning those who fail to accumulate points could struggle to gain employment.