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IELTS Examiner, China (CHI- IELTS1)
East Asia
Country / Territory
Flexible Location
English & Exams
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Pay Band
Vacancy Description
Location: Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai or Guangzhou; Contract: Full-time fixed term, 1 year renewable contract ; Salary: c. ¥240,000 – ¥360,000 pa; Start Dates: Your start date will be dependent on visa processing times; Closing Date: March 26th, 2020 (This is an on-going recruitment but you will need to apply on a new system from April 2020)

Explore new opportunities on a different scale

Working as an IELTS Examiner for the British Council in China gives you the chance to explore far more than your skills and abilities. With flexible contracts that are renewable based on performance, we offer you the scope and opportunity to discover every aspect of Chinese culture, while assessing spoken English skills.

Your role

Based at one of our British Council offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou or Chongqing, you’ll travel to a variety of locations across China to assess candidates in their use of English. This can involve long-distance journeys and extended stays away from your base, so we’ll give you plenty of help with travel arrangements, hotel bookings and support if you get delayed. You’ll also be able to plan your own downtime, so you can explore China around each assignment.  

What we offer

We aim to be a supportive employer, which is why we are offering a unique contract that involves working at least six days a month, with extensive opportunities to boost your income by working additional days each month. This flexible approach puts you in control, enabling you to decide when to add to your earnings and when to feed your sense of adventure - to this end, we also offer learning support so that you can learn Chinese.  We also provide opportunities for career progression.

What you will need

With a recognized TESOL or CELTA qualification, or equivalent, and experience of teaching English to adults, you’ll need a flexible approach and the ability to work on your own initiative.

Please note that current government policy in China requires applicants for work permits for this position to provide proof of at least two years of teaching experience. This proof needs to be in the form of a signed and stamped letter provided by the school(s) you have worked at, covering at least two of the years you have taught English.

Special Note

Please be aware that we have recently been informed by our partners of a new policy related to training new examiners in the Writing module of the IELTS test. Anyone who accepts an offer to become a full-time examiner in China will now initially be offered a ‘speaking-only’ contract, and will only be trained to deliver exams in the Speaking module of the IELTS test. Those examiners may be trained as Writing examiners at a future date, but this is not guaranteed.

Kindly Noted - How to apply

Please note that we are going to launch a new job system in April so please submit your application here before March 26th, 2020. 

For further information please see below documents:
Role Profile.pdf
British Council behaviours
Application Guidelines 2017
Examiner Minimum Professional Requirements (Appendix 4)

To find a real Beijing, please see the document below:
Top 7 Reasons to Live in Beijing.docx

For more information about China, please go to the link below:

Enquiries about the post can be sent to the EA Examiner Recruitment Team at: ChinaExaminerRecruitment@britishcouncil.org.cn. 

Note that the visa process for China can often take 14-16 weeks and you will need time to get necessary documents ready; therefore you are encouraged to submit your application at least 20 weeks before your chosen start date.

Internal candidates only: 
please remember to include the full version of your most recent end-of-year-record of performance/evaluation and confirm when the system prompts you that you have discussed the application with both your line and centre manager.  


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