AMG as an Employer

AMG is an equal opportunities employer.

The AMG management team try very hard to be human in our daily interactions with our front-line team of tutors. That means that we try to be as flexible to the needs of our tutors as we would hope a manager would be with us. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. AMG management tries to work with each tutor to address concerns and worries as they arise, and consequently, we have some very positive feedback from our staff:

 

  • AMG was a wonderful place to work for me. This was not only because I got to tutor kids from different backgrounds and abilities, but also because the tutorial school environment itself is very warm and inclusive. The staff at AMG are down to earth and friendly, and fellow tutors are supportive and offer invaluable advice. The school is conveniently situated right in the heart of Central, so it’s perfectly easy to access from any location, and makes socialising after work easier too!  After almost 2 years of working there, I really felt that I was part of a warm little community/family, and I really value my experiences whilst I was at AMG. Soujit Ghosh
    Soujit Ghosh, Tutor of Mathematics 2012-2014
  • I had a wonderful time at AMG. I worked there for about three years and have to say it's one of the nicest places I've ever worked. My colleagues were warm, welcoming and supportive and I felt I had room to challenge myself. I got the chance to teach a wide range of different subjects and content while supporting students from across the many international schools of Hong Kong. I felt that I had creative freedom when designing and implementing my lessons to suit each student's particular learning needs. I also felt I had time outside of my classes to explore Hong Kong, socialise and pursue hobbies such as playing live music. I know I will stay in contact with the people I've worked with for years to come, whether in Hong Kong or somewhere else in the world.
    James Hudson , Tutor of English and TOK 2013-2016
  • My time at AMG was very fun and enjoyable, whilst also providing daily challenges.  No two sessions were ever the same, whilst teaching the same students every week meant that we could build real relationships over time. I had a wide scope for deciding my own teaching style in very relaxed surroundings. AMG operates with a family-like atmosphere, with lots of interesting and friendly colleagues from a wide variety of backgrounds. Everyone was very welcoming, and made moving to a new country so easy. I found Hong Kong to be very exciting, and working at AMG gave me the opportunity to experience the city. I would really recommend AMG as both an enriching job and a wonderful place to work
    Jim Allen , Tutor of Mathematics and Physics
  • I started work at AMG Ltd in Hong Kong right after graduating from Cambridge University. As it was my first job outside the UK I was understandably nervous, but right from the start Liz and the staff there made a really special effort to help me settle in to the work and get used to life in Hong Kong. Throughout my time there I got to teach a wide variety of Mathematics to students of different ages, backgrounds and ability. Trying to keep my lessons fun and interesting meant that I learnt as much here about my subject as I did at university, and I continue to look back on those years in Hong Kong as some of the most rewarding of my life. The location is also fantastic, and the frequent social events I had with friends and staff were always really great fun. More important than all of this though: I met some of my best friends while working at AMG, and together we regularly reminisce about the wonderful times we had in Hong Kong working together
    Steve O’Sullivan 2012-2014, Tutor of Mathematics
  • Whilst working at AMG, the key thing that struck me was how committed they are at building relationships which unlock each child’s potential. Throughout the centre there is a welcoming, caring, secure environment, which is stimulating and supports children in their learning journey. AMG’s management are passionate about ensuring that all children are challenged to be the best they can be. As a tutor, I felt valued, respected and part of a close knit family where staff wellbeing was a priority. I left AMG because I was inspired by my time there to pursue a career as a fully qualified teacher. I would encourage anyone who believes that the effort of education should be to unlock every child’s potential to get in touch with AMG.  
    Paul Raymond 2012-2015, Tutor of History
  • Working at AMG is the best job I've ever had. The students are charming, friendly and hardworking, and working closely with them to help achieve their educational goals is rewarding. It's a learning experience for you too because tutoring will lead you to delve deeper into your subject.  But, the best thing about AMG is the team. Everyone works well together and are generous with their time and advice. It's a vibrant community, and it's easy to make friends. The office is in the centre of the city, and AMG's management is really supportive with helping you get settled in Hong Kong. If you get the opportunity to work at AMG, take it.
    Chris Sharp, Tutor of English and Science 2013-2016

Sometimes, life as a tutor can be very tough. There are periods when the timetable seems unforgiving and the rewards minimal. AMG managers recognise this. Indeed, the senior manager is an AMG tutor herself and understands how hard it is to achieve a work/life balance. This is why the AMG week is structured the way it is. The following will show you what to expect as a tutor at AMG:

The Working Year at AMG

The working year is split into ‘term-times’, UK boarding school holiday times aka ‘busy periods’ and ‘slack periods’. This graph shows roughly the ratio of ‘term-times’ to ‘busy periods’. Clearly, there are spikes of extreme business for popular tutors when their students return from the UK schools for top-up tuition.

The ‘slack period’ is at the end of June and in the first week of July (before the UK schools have broken up). This slack period is where we recommend that our staff take a long and well-earned break. Their students have completed their public examinations, and the demand for tuition naturally falls off.

The AMG Working Week – during Term Times

AMG tutors are not required to be at their desks from 9 am daily, but are asked to be ready for their lessons, with prepared ideas, in good time for their scheduled lessons.

For AMG tutors, a week’s teaching during HK school term time may look something like this:

During Hong Kong school term time, work often starts at 3.00 or 4.00 pm in the afternoon and we generally end tutoring on Mondays to Fridays at 7 pm. (If tutors wish to offer a further hour at the end of the day, we are happy to find students to fill this 7.00 – 8.00 pm hour, but it is not compulsory.) Occasionally, students are free in the morning, so there will sometimes be students booked into morning times. Often, the timetable is disrupted by student cancellations.

As Saturday is not a school day, it is the only full day that AMG can offer classes, so on Saturdays, every tutor works from 9.00 am until 6.00 pm. There is a full hour for lunch.

In these weeks of term time, tutors will probably have between 18 and 25 hours of teaching on their schedules.

Clearly, how good you are determines how many hours you get to teach, so AMG has established a bonus system to reward those who teach well and who bring in more business to AMG. (See Remuneration)

The AMG Working Week – during Busy Periods

During busy periods, however, your timetable may look more like this. (Note that this is the extreme case, and few tutors gain such a following.)

During busy periods, the tutor is likely to have to start at 9 or 10 am, and will keep teaching until either 6 or 7 pm at night. Horrible, right? Some of us love it, because we are meeting many students who we’ve been teaching for years. For some, it will seem stressful – until you learn to pace yourself. Each busy period is finite, generally of short duration and you should be earning bonus for every hour that you teach. Good tutors make more money, but they work harder.

In a nutshell, AMG tries to balance meeting student demands for tuition with the tutors’ capacity to teach, and this sometimes means that you are teaching an awful lot. The busy periods can last one week (as in the half terms); three weeks (as at Christmas); four weeks (as at Easter) or six weeks (as over the Summer), but this accounts for only 16 weeks of the year. The majority of the year is just term-time.

Remuneration

AMG offers the following to full-time staff:

  • Monthly salary commensurate on qualifications and experience (Current monthly salaries range between HK$24,000 and HK$27,000).
  • Performance related Bonus.
  • Health Insurance
  • Flight to Hong Kong (if employed from overseas). This will be reimbursed to the member of staff after one complete year of the contract has been completed.
  • One off Fit to Teach health check up including chest X-ray.
  • Other financial assistance

AMG is happy to help cover the refundable security deposits on accommodation for staff.