Compensation of Chinese early childhood teachers: A preliminary study in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Singapore, and Taipei

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Abstract

This study compared the structure and level of Chinese teachers' compensation in public or non-profit-making early childhood settings in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Singapore, and Taipei. Document analysis method was employed to compare the compensation structure, and two indicators were used to compare the pay level: (1) the Economist's Big Mac Index and (2) the house price-to-income ratio. The results indicated that: (1) Hong Kong employs a single-salary scheme, whereas the other cities use a mixture of competency-based plus performance-based compensation; (2) Taipei's compensation system features the most comprehensive structure, the highest hourly pay, and the shortest working hours, whereas Singapore's system features the lowest pay level and the longest working hours; and (3) Taipei's early childhood teachers have the strongest purchasing power in housing, whereas Singapore teachers have the weakest purchasing power in food and housing. Implications and suggestions are made to address the challenges facing the compensation of Chinese early childhood teachers. Copyright © 2014 Li; licensee Springer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalInternational Journal of Child Care and Education Policy
Volume8
Early online dateAug 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

Citation

Li, H. (2014). Compensation of Chinese early childhood teachers: A preliminary study in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Singapore, and Taipei. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, 8, Article 2. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40723-014-0002-7

Keywords

  • Early childhood education
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Early childhood teacher
  • Chinese teacher
  • Compensation structure

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