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Job offer Dubai

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by mauloise, Nov 12, 2018.

  1. mauloise

    mauloise New commenter

    Hi everyone,

    I have been offered a job in Dubai as a Primary Teacher (7 years of experience).
    I would be going with my wife who might work or not.
    My question is, is 13000 AED (2800 GBP) enough salary for Dubai, I would be getting a flat, medical and flights. The school is a 2 years old one, with four initials as a name and a sister school/rent-a-name in North London. I have been selling my self short in past financially so I would like to be able to save this time.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. PuRe

    PuRe Occasional commenter

    That does seem low but if your wife works as a TA that could work out fine, does the medical/flights cover your dependents also? Do you travel a lot, do you have expenses back home etc?

    I am not familiar with that school chain since I had left before they started.
  3. Jason_Bourne_

    Jason_Bourne_ Established commenter

    In the short time that this school has been open, I was also offered a job there, however, the contract offer was closer to 15k a month which I still turned down. Seems as though they are cutting back on the salaries offered already! The school is most definitely profit making - they apparently charge the highest schools fees in dubai yet they offer nowhere near the best salaries.
  4. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Established commenter

    I have heard from two teachers that left Duabi last summer that their replacements are on significantly less. I don't think 13K+ accommodation is a bad deal at the moment, it's competitive at least as there are many schools offering 10-12 plus accommodation.

    I'd guess you could still have well on 13k so long as you didn't live a too extravagant lifestyle
  5. Jason_Bourne_

    Jason_Bourne_ Established commenter

    I forgot to mention the working hours as well... They have extended working hours so you will be expected to stay at school until at least 4pm-4.30pm every day. Take a look at their timetable structure on their website for clarification.
  6. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    It’s a typical package these days and plenty to live on. Not luxurious for a family, but plenty. If your wife works, even better.
  7. Powergnome3

    Powergnome3 Occasional commenter

    I think it is a terrible wage for a school that is charging huge fees and making very loud claims about outcomes for their students... it wants to be an elite school, but is paying 40% less to their teachers than the best schools do - not good.
  8. Jason_Bourne_

    Jason_Bourne_ Established commenter

    I completely agree... The is making claims that about outcomes that they can never carry out...
  9. shazzamac

    shazzamac New commenter

    Don't think it's enough. It's just enough for 1 person to live on, let alone 2. If you want to even vaguely be sociable and go out, travel and save, you'll have to choose to ditch at least 1 of those.
    Check the medical.... Unless everything is covered, that will kill you too. Many say full cover but have sub clauses that have tons of exclusions.. my friend had emergency surgery for ectopic pregnancy and because no pregnancy covered, she paid in full... Over 1 months salary.
    Even if your wife gets a TA job, it will pay very little....few thousand a month.
    Don't take it. You won't earn enough to have any fun and Dubai is super expensive.... So what's the point?
    I'm now in China, not the best paying school, but enough for 2 of us, hubbies not working, and saving. Keep looking.
  10. Breeze84

    Breeze84 New commenter

    Agree with comments above. I was offered a job in Dubai at a jewel chain school near the J beach for 13000 and turned it down. Nowhere near enough to support a family: no flights, no medical. Real cheapskates.
  11. mauloise

    mauloise New commenter

    Thank you so much for your help everyone, school added a 1000 AED after i declined the offer.

    How much do you think one can save on 14000 aed in Dubai?
  12. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    I would turn the job down again and see if they cough up another 1000AED.

    School is trying to obtain staff on the cheap, what else will they nickel and dime you to reduce costs.
  13. Jason_Bourne_

    Jason_Bourne_ Established commenter

    It shows that they want you... Even 14k is too low, Dubai is a very expensive place to live even more so with the introduction of 5% tax last January. I personally wouldn't settle for anything less than 16k from a school which is charging the highest school fees in the land.
  14. pink_reindeer

    pink_reindeer Occasional commenter

    I was in Abu Dhabi last year, which I think is probably cheaper than Dubai. I didn't manage to save very much at all and I was getting 14500. When you convert that to Pounds, it really seems like a good deal, but it's an expensive place to live, eat, socialise....
    Mr_Frosty likes this.
  15. sully007

    sully007 New commenter

    Hi! A school in Dubai which has the same acronyms as the Disclosure and Barring Services is recruiting. I've checked the *** and there is no information on it; can anyone enlighten me on it? Thank you!

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