I know many experience teachers are having hard time to find a job in Korea because of their age.
And it’s very hard for a recruiter to promise that I can find her job in or around Seoul.
GEPIK has cut down on their budget for native English speaker teachers from this coming semester and now they can’t afford higher level teachers.
That is, teachers would be atop the payscale because of experience and credentials. Recruiters are saying, another emailer points out, the highest pay rate is 2.3 million won per month, when in fact contracts state teachers at the highest level can earn 2.5 million per month in Busan and Incheon and up to 2.7 in other provinces. WorknPlay goes on to say she can forward her resume to school boards in Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do for consideration.
The emailer also directed me to the website of another recruiter, Korvia, which says under "elibility and reuneration" for SMOE:
Aged 50 or over (As of 2008. 12. 31) may be excluded from the selection due to the purpose and the aim of SMOE
for GEPIK (Gyeonggi province):
Aged 50 or over (As of 2008. 12. 31) may be excluded from the selection due to the purpose and the aim of GEPIK.
and for EPIK:
Aged 50 or over (As of 2008. 12. 31) may be excluded from the selection due to the purpose and the aim of EPIK.
The EPIK website says teachers are to "Be a maximum of 55 years of age".
When I've written about quote-unquote qualified teachers before---such as in the Korea Herald last summer---and the media's clamoring for them, I've pointed out that schools aren't yet prepared to pay for them, and that for all intents and purposes, a native English speaker fresh out of college with no experience or training often fills the same role in schools as one who's been in Korea for years and who has credentials and paper qualifications required of teachers elsewhere. (More commentary on the difficulties native speaker English teachers face here.) This news, coupled with selective and discriminatory hiring practices by other schools and school boards, starts to paint a picture of the ideal "native speaker English teacher" South Korea hopes to attract.