So most Callan schools pay their teachers cash in hand then? How do they get away with that, is it easy for schools here to do illegal things?
As far as I know, the most common way to do business is to make the teacher responsible for their own tax affairs. It does depend on the school - my one gives people the choice of paying their own tax or getting the school to do it for them.
But non-Polish teachers seem to often be offered the 'brown envelope, no questions asked or answered' approach, especially if they're working without a contract or any real proof of them working there. It's this approach that often leads to them being ****** over with payment, although Polish teachers can be ripped off just as well.
Given that many language schools operate in cash anyway, it's easy enough to 'lose' a couple of thousand zloty to pay someone in cash.
But - one thing I'd argue is that even 25PLN an hour isn't bad (although you can make much more!) when you consider the amount of effort required - if you just have to turn up, take a book and "teach", it's a doddle. I've heard of schools demanding full lesson plans to a certain format for every single class - with the consequence that you could easily end up spending over an hour preparing a two hour class. 100zl for two hours isn't that much when you add in an extra hour for preparing - and any non-'method' class is always going to be more demanding on the brain.
Still, you get what you pay for. A Polish teacher might be happy to accept 25PLN/50 minutes because it's still more than they'd get in a state school. But a native can always get more, simply because there are options and demand.