HESS offers a contract with a guaranteed minimum number of teaching hours per week, averaged over the month. This allows teachers to budget and save confidently while providing flexibility. With this contract, there’s also time to devote to other interests or take on more teaching hours.
Get paid for the time you teach, not for time wasted in the office. With a starting pay of NT$580–620 (based on experience and qualifications), you can easily save money and pay off your student loans. Being paid hourly means we pay you for your time in the classroom. There are no office hours and no required time at your school other than when you have a class. If you would like to take your homework to your apartment to grade it, that's OK! You are only required to be at your school when you're teaching.
After receiving your HESS-sponsored resident visa, we will apply for your national health insurance coverage. This costs you typically NT$300–500 a month (depending on income and area) which is automatically deducted from your salary. (That is a small fraction of the total cost. HESS and the government pay the remainder.) The net effect is that you get extremely cheap access to Taiwan's well-equipped health system, including dental work and Chinese traditional remedies.
During your first month, we try and ease you into teaching by gradually increasing your workload. After that, we guarantee a minimum of 20 teaching hours per week, averaged over the month.
Once a year, teachers are appraised and given raises. Raises apply to your hourly pay rate and are up to NT$40/hour, depending on performance and professionalism. The ceiling pay rate of NT$750 per hour can be reached after four or five years of good appraisals.
Teachers who renew their contract after their first year may choose to take an extra one month of vacation time each year in addition to the vacation days built into each yearly contract.
Every time a class advances levels, if more than 90% of the students return, teachers receive a scaled bonus. The amount of the bonus varies between courses, and the maximum is NT$50,000 per year. On average, most teachers earn an extra NT$10,000 per year from this bonus.
We understand that there are lots of start-up costs involved when you move to a new place, so we want to help. HESS branches offer an optional interest-free start-up loan to new teachers. The maximum amount is NT$30,000 per person. You may take up to six months to pay this back. Most teachers use this loan to help them set up their new apartments.