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International School Packages and Benefits

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Twinkletoestoes, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. Twinkletoestoes

    Twinkletoestoes New commenter

    Afternoon all,

    We are looking at international school positions and would like to understand the range of packages better for a head of year position. Would you mind sending me information if you have it including:

    - pay in relation to UK pay scales
    - health insurance (included or not)
    - school fees for children (free, contribution required or full fees required)
    - Annual flights
    - Relocation amount
    - Repatriation at end of contract

    Thanks in advance as it's so hard to find this information!
  2. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Dont assume you would automatically get a head of year position. International teaching is very different to back home. With no international experience it can be difficult to start with a role of responsibility.

    - pay in relation to UK pay scales
    It will range from similar, to a LOT LOT LOT more. It really depends on where you go. On average, most international schools you will earn more than you would in the UK. Uk teachers really dont get paid very well

    - health insurance (included or not)
    Again, it depends. Most "packages" are available outside of western europe, this would include all of these things. Any decent school will provide you and ALL your dependants with free worldwide private medical cover (except USA).

    - school fees for children (free, contribution required or full fees required)
    Again depends, but most schools will provide 2 free places for staff members, more if you are a couple.

    - Annual flights
    Outside of western europe yes, for you and all your dependants.

    - Relocation amount
    You may have guest, but it depends. Decent schools will cover your costs for you and all your dependants to get there.

    - Repatriation at end of contract
    Yes...see above
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2017
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  3. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Here is an example from China. this is a school in Beijing, and its for a classroom teacher and after tax. the "masters" thing is an American masters, and therefore if you have a PGCE its the same thing.
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    Relocation Allowance
    House set‐up allowance
    Local Moving allowance
    housing allowance of: Singles: RMB 14,500/month Couples: RMB 19,200/month Per child: RMB 1,200/month
    Home Leave Air Transportation Allowance
    Start and End of Contract Mobilization & Repatriation
    Shipping / Storage allowance: RMB 21,760 incoming per tecaher + RMB 6,400 incoming per dependent, upto 3 RMB 21,760 outgoing per Teacher RMB 6,400 outgoing per dependent upto 3 dependants.
    worldwide Medical/Dental/Evacuation Insurance provided for all dependants.

    plus many many many more things.....

    in my experience this is pretty average for an IB school, especially when it comes to the benefits package. i can not say the same for British curriculum schools as i have never worked for one.

    hope this helps
  4. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    To earn that starting salary as a basic classroom teacher you would have to earn the equivalent of around £64 000 back in the UK. Thats only taking the salary into account and is without counting all the extras you get as part of a "package" as an international school teacher.
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  5. okmohito

    okmohito New commenter

    Those are GROSS salaries. Tax is a LOT in china. 25% base rate after your basic allowance. Also this must be a place in central shanghai with the cost of housing they have quoted. Outside of Sh or anywhere near HK, rents are a lot cheaper in China.
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  6. masty88

    masty88 New commenter

    Are free flights generally economy class? Wouldn't have any impact on my decision, just asking out of interest...
  7. tiler

    tiler New commenter

    This salary package is for a school with one of the best reputations in the world. I wouldn't say the salary or benefits are average for an IB school, but rather in the top 5-10%.
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  8. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    From my experience yes. Its the cheapest flight to and from the nearest intetnational airport closest to your home of record. This doesnt mean you have to fly to London ir you live in the north east of England, but to the closest international airport to your home town.
  9. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Perhaps i didnt make that clear. What i meant was, what was covered in the "package" was average, not neccessarily the salary scale. Although from my experience around $40 000 take home would be about average.
  10. StrangePanda

    StrangePanda Occasional commenter

    Perhaps the other thread on savings might also help?
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  11. 576

    576 Established commenter

    we get an allowance for this and it is based on economy but last year when they sent the email with the allowance, I knew the BA sale was on so I swooped in and did premium economy both ways and it only cost me about £50 more than the allowance.
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  12. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    Regarding the position - head of year is not something that comes up very often. It's usually recruited from within or maybe it doesn't exist at all (specifically as a head of year). You are far better concentrating on your subject
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  13. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Read it again Musikteech or @okmohito.... just because you dont know that these schools exist, doesn't mean they aren't real. Yes, its in the middle of Beijing, and NO its a tax free salary.
  14. wrldtrvlr123

    wrldtrvlr123 Occasional commenter

    25% is "a LOT"? Compared to nothing (like some places in the ME or where the school covers your tax), sure. Compared to Singapore, yes, higher but not outrageous. Compared to Western Europe? Compared to the UK (which is what the OP is asking)? Is it really a LOT?
  15. MrH20

    MrH20 New commenter

    I've been offered a contract a school in Singapore but was wondering what you thought of the package they have offered me SD$8000 a month and SD$3000 a month housing allowance. Is this a good deal? Thanks.
  16. Mickyd197se

    Mickyd197se Occasional commenter

    To get an idea about packages and benefits at international schools, your best bet is to join one of the big recruitment companies: Search Associates or ISS.
  17. kemevez

    kemevez Occasional commenter

    Yes that’s a good deal. 2 or 3 schools there pay closer to 13k per month but anything 10k is a good deal. If you like the school my advice is go for it.
  18. kemevez

    kemevez Occasional commenter

    That’s 13k and 10k including housing so your 11k is good.
  19. Mickyd197se

    Mickyd197se Occasional commenter

    Not sure about that. The PGCE is considered to be your certification, rather than your master's. You'll need an MA/MEd as well if the school knows its stuff. This has been the case for me, and I'm at my second American-styled international school.
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  20. tjh102

    tjh102 Occasional commenter

    I am head of year at my current school. Admittedly, we get a very limited package (because our school is designed for average families rather than the very rich expat families - we charge about half of other schools' tuition). So I am on the normal salary scale and get an extra 50 pounds a month in leadership allowance.

    But... I am also the first teacher at the school to be recruited and given head of year straight away - leadership roles are always given internally. And this is often the case at international schools.

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