I have been offered a job for sep 2019. However, there is induction and inset beginning 10 days before the start of the contract.. I've enquired and it seems that this period would be unpaid. Not had this in any UK school. Is this normal in Dubai? Looking at other things in contract, they've broken the agreed monthly Salary into 'basic salary' and 'other allowances' (housing allowance is separate). Am I being cynical in thinking that this is to save the school paying extra gratuity at end of contract? Is there anything I can do? The school has also asked for me to attest things myself. Do you need to a get a marriage contract attested if you're married? Thinking on how to save some costs on this. Also - there is a 6 month probation period. Any ideas what they are looking for? Again not had this is any UK school.