Work

Although a few other opportunities are available for work (particularly for those with Korean-language skills), the biggest demand is for English teachers.

Native English teachers on a one-year contract can expect to earn around ₩2 million or more a month, with a furnished apartment, return flights, 50% of medical insurance, 10-days paid holiday and a one-month completion bonus included in the package. Income tax is very low (around 4%), although a 4.5% pension contribution (reclaimable by some nationalities) is compulsory.

The best starting point for finding out more about the English-teaching scene is the Korea Association of Teachers of English (KATE; www.kate.or.kr).