I had an interesting chat with a friend over the holiday. She works in Bangkok and has decided that she wants to leave her school for a myriad reasons. Perusing these very pages she came across a job which would be perfect for her. However, upon application she was informed that she would only be considered as a local hire. Trust me, the difference between local hire and overseas is huge here, relocation allowance, should she wish to move to be closer to the new school, settling in allowance, medical and housing are at best significantly reduced and, at worst not offered at all to local staff, of course, neither are flights to or from her home country. Over a period of a few years this would build up into a considerable sum. I was a little taken aback by this. This school is, after all, one of the biggest and oldest in the Mango, it is not for profit so I am at a loss as to why the school should wish to discriminate like this. Obviously, my friend turned her nose up at the offer of an interview and is now bound for pastures new where she will be paid the same as anyone else who has her experience and training. Can anyone tell me why this might happen? I have no doubt that it would be illegal in many places as being seen as discriminatory but obviously out here anything goes. Ideas anyone?