Health insurance wise? I am a bit confused - you pay into the NHS don't you? My quibbles are with the NHS - not with teachers! I think the German system confuses many - it is not like the US system. Although we do not pay into a central system but into a health insurer (which we can choose) our employer pays half of the contributions (roughly). At the moment the deductions are ca. 15% - 7% is paid by the employer, the rest is paid by the employee (I do not pay the extra one percent, as my health insurer covers it).