Feb31 - you are right on no.3, but I don't agree with no.1. First, SA teachers still have an extra hoop to go through regarding whether or not they are native English speakers. The ones I've met here tend to have UK passports so it doesn't apply to them, but as I understand it China still doesn't recognize SA as being one of the native English speaking countries. Aussie and NZ living costs are still greater even than the UK so if a teacher is planning to return or retire there they still need the higher salary. I think the PGCE(I) influx depends on your school. Although they train those, I don't see the top level UK schools hiring them - hypocritical, maybe, but realistic I strongly suspect. No.3 is probably the key thing. The concept of investing to grow your business rather than just make as much money as quickly as you can hasn't quite caught on here yet, similar to the Middle East.