I recently started teaching adults at local colleges. This is interesting work but I am surprised by the amount of work that is required. The pay is usually £20 an hour so many might think that is a good amount, though none of these colleges give you a day's work, so it is just a few hours work here and there. My point is this; - For every hour I get paid, I have to do loads of additional work preparing lessons, obtaining, shaping and producing resources, filling in loads of paperwork, lesson plans,etc, and always being asked to do more and newer ones all the time, going on online training, meeting with managers, emailing staff, accepting emails from students, basic marking of their work, so for one hours pay I am doing many more hours of unpaid work. There are also additional costs involved, I work on my computer at home, (electricity) I have to print out stuff (ink jet cartridges £15 each), I pay for travel to these colleges, none of these things are ever paid as expenses. Then there is no real pension as you are not working enough hours over a long enough period of time, and there is no pay rise, or promotion even if you become more experienced than others. I think that even if you obtain a teaching qualification they only pay you 0.75p more an hour. So, my point is that it is not £20 an hour. It is more like lower than the minimum wage, which is illegal. I know school teachers work full time, have pay scales, full time wages, pensions, i.e. it is a proper job. Please someone tell me why would anyone do this? I am starting to regret the amount of time I have put into this and am totally astounded by the increasing expecations put upon me by many of the colleges which are now starting to take up huge amounts of my time.