Monday, 11 January 2010

Native English speakers being replaced by cheaper Indians & Filipinos

The world economic recession and the slow down of many of the worlds economies has forced lots of industries & businesses to shed jobs / workers. This we are all very painfully aware of, or at least should be!

The Thai esl teaching profession has also be hit by a slow down in job vacancies. At one time if you came to Thailand and had a white face and spoke English you'd certainly have no worries finding esl employment as an English teacher. The list of places where you could ply your trade was virtually endless, it seemed like schools were crying out for teachers, this was true and is still true now up to a certain degree.

So has the tefl teaching bubble burst? According to varies sources around the net, there has been quite a marked slowdown in esl teacher employment in Thailand. There have even been rumours that certain schools in the government sector were seriously not thinking of extending their foreign teachers contracts after they had run out. This is a grim situation especially for workers in the government sector. It was always thought that most government positions were immune to cut backs, especially in education.

Given the above, what is the solution to this dilemma? Well the Thais were always proud to employ white skinned native speaking English teachers when ever they could get them. However these teachers came at a price!

Some agencies & language schools both in the government sector and the private sector have had to tighten their purse strings. So they have come up with what they think maybe be a good fix.

Hire Filipinos and Indians!


A few reasons...

*They will work for a lot less.

*They will work harder and will tend to do more than is expected of them.

*They have a similar attitude towards work as their hosts.

*A lot are desperate to keep their jobs and will do anything to keep them.

*Most Filipinos & Indians speak good English and are quite good at grammar.

*Most Filipinos & Indians come with degrees.

*They tend not to moan about pay and conditions like their foreign counterparts.

What's not so cool about them in the eyes of their employers and the Thais...

*Some speak with heavy accents.

*Don't always use correct grammar when speaking.

*Have dark skin.

* Poor substandard paperwork & qualifications.

So it looks like the Indian & Filipino teachers are here to give the native English speakers a good run for their money in Thailand's ESL teaching game!


  1. Indians are very good at english language, I think they speak better english than their british counterparts and they charge very less for it. So if any organization is getting same skill at very very less salaries it is natural that they will opt for Indian.
    But the fun factor which white faces can put in schools is not matched by indians

    phoenix weather

  2. "I think they speak better english than their british counterparts"
    I think the above is a little on the fictitious side however It gave me a little chuckle :-)

    It all boils down to costs in the end. The Thais are shy about having Indians in the classroom, but when they eventually way up the costs of farang vs Indian teachers, they'll no doubt lose their shyness.