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September 12, 2007

Workplace Issues-Gross and Net Salaries

Hello Readers,

Schools around the world differ in their tax laws considerably. Despite this headache, it is up to you to learn about these laws and to figure out what you'll be taking home after the tax man takes his chunk. In addition to the tax laws, you'll also need to figure out whether your potential employers are negotiating with you about the gross salary or net salary...

... where gross salary is the total income before tax and the net salary is what you receive after the tax is taken out.

While it might make sense for employers to entice you to work for them by advertising the gross salary for the job, there are some employers, especially in China, who only give you the net salary. So, to avoid unnecessary shock on pay day, make sure that you ask the appropriate questions about how much you are getting paid.

For a quick look at how much you'll take home in the UK, go to the following link: .http://netsalary.blogspot.com/.

Do you know how much tax is taken out of your salary? Feel free to comment about different country's tax laws below.

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

*Looking for more articles that focus on workplace issues specific to ESL? Click HERE!

About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students of all ages and levels. She worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at September 12, 2007 06:03 AM

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