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    Normal to be paid monthly?

    Hi All,

    Quick question about paydays in Thailand. I received my first job offer (a whopping 4 hours per week!) with a language school. The hiring manager said they will pay me monthly. They were unwilling to pay bi-weekly when I asked. I have no contract with this company, and hence no recourse if they don't feel like paying at the end of a month, so I'm just a bit hesitant.

    Coming from the States, where pay is weekly or bi-weekly, I find this a bit odd... but if it's normal for Thailand then I'm fine with it.

    Can someone let me know what is normal here?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Normal to be paid monthly?

    Quote Originally Posted by LA Native View Post
    Can someone let me know what is normal here?
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    Re: Normal to be paid monthly?

    yeah, its normal, native. precarious "job" to put it mildly. some language schools are doing bi-weekly now, but few and far between. the vast, vast majority pay on the last working day of each month.

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    Re: Normal to be paid monthly?

    No one anywhere pays weekly (except for paying Mexicans in the USA or Poles in the UK working in the underground economy).

    No contract = no cover = you're f*cked if things go wrong. You know the answer already.
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    Re: Normal to be paid monthly?

    Thanks for the great replies! I guess I'll take the gig. I know it sounds dodgy, but I have to start somewhere and I'm not in BKK.

    Quote Originally Posted by haltest View Post
    No one anywhere pays weekly (except for paying Mexicans in the USA or Poles in the UK working in the underground economy).
    For the record, I worked in a professional capacity for a fortune 100 company in the States and was paid weekly. But I agree that weekly pay is rare.

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    Re: Normal to be paid monthly?

    The language center I work for pays on the 12th of every month.

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    Re: Normal to be paid monthly?

    Quote Originally Posted by LA Native View Post
    I know it sounds dodgy
    Why does it sound dodgy? Monthly pay is standard here.
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    Re: Normal to be paid monthly?

    The thing is, you won't be able to live on 4 hours a week. Yes pay is monthly

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    Quote Originally Posted by haltest View Post
    No one anywhere pays weekly
    Asia is the only place i have ever been paid monthly
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    Re: Normal to be paid monthly?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeedsLeedsLeeds View Post
    Why does it sound dodgy? Monthly pay is standard here.
    I was just referring to the fact that I don't have a contract... not that I could reasonably expect one for four hours a week

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    Re: Normal to be paid monthly?

    Quote Originally Posted by LA Native View Post
    fortune 100 company in the States
    You should have stayed with them. Nothing will ever be like that over here, trust me.

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    Re: Normal to be paid monthly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tommyk View Post
    You should have stayed with them. Nothing will ever be like that over here, trust me.
    Also may have the potential not to be a mind numbing corporate nightmare either.


    Its not the pay here that seems dodgy, its the 4 hours a week

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    Re: Normal to be paid monthly?

    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze View Post
    Also may have the potential not to be a mind numbing corporate nightmare either.
    Exactly! I'd rather make a teacher's salary over here than what I was making over there... but the grass is always greener, isn't it. Besides, I can always go back if I begin to miss sitting in front of a computer for 10 hours a day

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    Re: Normal to be paid monthly?

    Quote Originally Posted by LA Native View Post
    Exactly! I'd rather make a teacher's salary over here than what I was making over there... but the grass is always greener, isn't it
    Yeah, and English teaching beats shelf stacking in Walmart. Fortune 100 company, eh?

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    Re: Normal to be paid monthly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tommyk View Post
    Yeah, and English teaching beats shelf stacking in Walmart. Fortune 100 company, eh?
    Hahahaha... I've worked for some evil empires in my day, but not even I could bring myself to work for Wal-Mart.

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    Re: Normal to be paid monthly?

    Right now is the first time I have been employed by someone other than myself. Between AUA and this the Uni, its been right at 20 years. Always paid monthly direct deposit... Its all I know.
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