Teaching contracts are usually sent after you’ve held a detailed Skype/video interview with your prospective employer. Hopefully, you will have asked a bunch of questions during your interview and will have a clear idea of what to expect, how many hours you will have to work and what you will be paid, among a host of other important details. Then comes the teaching contract and, lo and behold, the details don’t match what was discussed and agreed over the phone.
So what do you do now?
Contract discrepancies aren’t always a sign of an outright scam. Sometimes, they are there to teach you a very valuable lesson in the teaching-in-China game. The school may not be unscrupulous, as such, but may simply be trying to determine if they can deliver a little less without you even noticing. This is one red flag you definitely will not want to ignore.
Whilst you need not walk away immediately, you should let the school know you have noticed discrepancies and would like the contract amended. Give them a chance to do right by you and see how they react.