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Q1: Who will be my employer if I am offered a NET post?

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The school that you are matched with will be your employer. You will sign a contract with the respective school.  Different schools will vary in different aspects such as the academic standard of the students, school culture, etc.   You are advised to consult the school principal about these before signing a contract.

 

 

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Q2:

What are the school hours?

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The school hours are usually from 8.00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with extra-curricular activities until around 5 p.m.

 

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Q3:

What will be my working hours?

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NETs are required to work during school hours, after school hours and sometimes on weekends to perform duties within or outside schools.

 

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Q4: What is the class size in secondary schools?

A: The number of students per class varies between 40 and 45.
 

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Q5: How many days of school holidays are there in a school year?

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The schools are given more flexibility over the number and distribution of school days and school holidays to suit the specific needs of the students and the circumstances of the school.  In any event, the total number of school days in a school year for whole day school should not be less than 190 days.  For bi-sessional primary schools where students have to attend school every alternate Saturday, the total number of school days in a school year should not be less than 209 days.  
The major school holidays includes Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, Easter, summer vacation.  However, it is not unusual for teachers to be required to perform duties on school holidays.

 

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Q6: How is my salary assessed?

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Salary increments may be awarded for recognized relevant post-degree teaching experience on production of relevant Certificates/Statements of Service. Without supporting document, your salary will not be revised. Each Certificate/Statement of Service must include the following:

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your full name (as shown in your birth certificate/ marriage certificate/ passport);

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length of employment *, with exact dates; (i.e. from dd/mm/yy to dd/mm/yy);

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nature of employment (i.e. whether full-time or part-time);
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for part-time employment, fraction of full-time experience is needed (e.g. 0.3 full time equivalent);

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nature of school (i.e. whether day school or evening school);
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subject(s) taught; and
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age and levels/grades of students taught.

* CONTINUOUS EMPLOYMENT LESS THAN 3 MONTHS WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED.

 

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Q7: What is Special Allowance?

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A cash allowance is provided for NETs whose normal place of residence is outside Hong Kong . This allowance is mainly for meeting expenses on housing while you are in Hong Kong . Should you and your spouse be both hired as NET, only one allowance will be paid.  The Special Allowance rate is HK$14,245 (*approx. US$1,826) per month.

*Based on exchange rate HK$7.8 = US$1 (subject to fluctuation).

 

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Q8: Issues on accommodation?

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Flats in general are smaller and more expensive according to the standard in your home country. Rental costs in different districts within Hong Kong vary greatly in price. The monthly rent of an apartment of 800 ft2 varies from HK$7,000 to HK$10,000 excluding outgoing expenses such as power bills, and water charges, etc. Should you wish to know more about the rental costs in different districts, you may search through some of the popular search engines for property web sites for Hong Kong properties. Some web sites also include maps and schools of different districts for your easy reference. Schools to which you are deployed will help you in seeking accommodation.

 

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Q9: Will my round trip airfare be paid for?

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Yes, NETs and their family are entitled to claim airfare for coming to and returning home from Hong Kong for each contract.

 

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Q10: . Is there any baggage allowance for NET?

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Yes, reimbursement of traveling baggage expenses from and to country of origin is provided on first appointment. The rates are as stated in your contract.

 

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Q11: How do I get the medical allowance?

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The medical allowance is for you to take out medical insurance during your contract period. You will be reimbursed the actual expense on the medical insurance premium up to the ceiling stated in your contract.

*** The terms and conditions of service are subject to the prevailing conditions at the time the offer of appointment is made. ***

 

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Q12: Can my spouse work in Hong Kong?

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With effect from 15 May 2006 , dependants of persons admitted for employment (as professionals, investors or for training) or as capital investment entrants are not prohibited from taking up employment. For enquiries relating to the dependant policy, please contact the Immigration Department via its website (http://www.immd.gov.hk). 

 

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Q13: What schools will be available for my children's education?

A:

Very likely your children will have to attend international schools. International school fees are high. For details, please refer to the webpage on "Education facilities for non-Chinese speaking children".

 

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Q14:

How much tax do I have to pay?


A:

Standard income tax rate is 15%. There is no sales tax in Hong Kong. For details of Hong Kong Taxation, please refer to the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Department's Internet website (http://www.ird.gov.hk).

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What is Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) Scheme?


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It is a system of retirement protection. It is statutory requirement under the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Ordinance (MPFSO) (Cap. 485) that all employees in Hong Kong have to enrol in an MPF scheme.

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Q16:

How much will I need to contribute to the MPF scheme?


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The contribution rate for both the employer and the employee prescribed in the prevailing provisions of the MPFSO is 5% of the employee's income (excluding Special Allowance), subject to the maximum level of income of HK$20,000 per month.

 

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 Q17:

 

If I enrol in an MPF scheme, will my gratuity be affected?


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The contract gratuity payable to the NET plus the MPF contribution made by the employer in respect of the NET will be equal to 15% of the total basic salary during the contract period.

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Q18:

 

Can I be exempt from the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Ordinance (MPFSO) ?


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An employee can be exempt from the provisions of the MPFSO under certain circumstances which include, inter alia, the following:

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permission is given for the person to land or remain in Hong Kong for the purposes of employment under the conditions of stay imposed in accordance with section 11 of the Immigration Ordinance (Cap. 115); and

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the period during which the person is given permission to remain in Hong Kong does not exceed 12 months; or

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the person is a member of a provident, pension, retirement or superannuation scheme established outside Hong Kong. (Such schemes include personal retirement scheme as well as national retirement scheme. It does not matter whether or not the member is making contributions to the overseas scheme when the person is employed in Hong Kong.)

 

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Q19:

What is the terminal leave?


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The NET shall be granted the terminal leave in the school summer vacation at the end of the contract and each renewed contract (if any). The terminal leave usually covers the period from the commencement of the respective school summer vacation to the end of the contract. Any variation is subject to the mutual agreement between the school and the NET concerned. For enquiries, please contact Mr. T.W. Cheng at 2892 6525.

 

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Q20:

 

Is the summer vacation commencement date specified?


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The specific date may vary depending on the school plan and schedule of individual schools, but it usually falls on mid July each year. A copy of the School Calendar would be provided to the NET upon his/her assumption of duty at the school.  Should there be any subsequent variation affecting his/her terminal leave, this should be mutually agreed between the two parties.   Any unilateral decision to the detriment of staff relationship is highly undesirable.

 

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Q21:

 

Many schools hold student activities after the normal school term has lapsed, are NETs required to stay behind to help in these activities like other local teachers?


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The summer vacation is for teachers to have a break and to refresh, and for NET in specific it is for them to travel home to reunite with families at the end of the contract. We trust school heads will deploy teachers in a reasonable and considerate manner given the different circumstances of teachers. We expect school heads to arrange a sufficiently long and continuous terminal leave for the NET, and discuss with the NET early on the summer plan if the contracts of the NET are renewed.

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Should you have any further queries, you can reach us by email at: netrecruit@edb.gov.hk

   

 

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