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Oman school salary

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by backintoteaching, May 13, 2017.

  1. backintoteaching

    backintoteaching New commenter

    I just had an interview for a classroom teacher position at a newish school in Oman who were advertising in a reputable online ENglish newspaper with a jobs portal for teaching jobs. The salary stated 30-40k GBP as a package and when I had the interview, the interviewer said that they did know why the ad stated this and said the salary is 1100 OMR a month. I was a little surprised as the ad suggests there is a RANGE (30-40k). I emailed to ask whether 1500 OMR would be ok for my requirements and experience and I was emailed back and told that at present all classroom teachers are offered this (1100 OMR) salary and no more can be offered without responsibility ( I had mentioned to them that 1100OMR is 2200 odd quid or 26,400 per year).

    So what is it with all these ME schools? She was bragging in the interview how they take in rich Omani kids and that their school fees are not cheap. Yet they only offer teachers the SAME wage regardless of their age, experience, marital status etc. They do offer free accommodation and utilities and free flights but this is normal anyway for the ME I think.

    Anyway I don't think I am going any further with the interview process as my needs are more than 26,400 a year in the ME expecially. If it were in Asia then I might consider it but not the ME. THEre doesn't seem to be many big payouts for standard classroom teachers in the ME anymore.
  2. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    A lot of international schools will have a maximum starting point on a salary scale. So someone with 6 years or 20 years could be on the same salary. This is very common in my experience.

    26 400 take home, because im sure it would be tax free is still more take home than M6 back in the UK. your big saving will be accommodation.

    It does sound like a bit of a con though, advertising one salary and then offering another. I would be asking them why they are still recruiting at such a late stage of the year. The vast majority of recruitment was finished months ago.

    Best to avoid if i was you
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  3. desertstarme

    desertstarme New commenter

    Advertising one salary and offering another is not good. However, I would not be surprised if there is a disconnect between the owner and agent putting the advert in.

    As to the salary, Oman schools are tightening belts as there are many empty seats. Mid tier good schools offering 1400 OMR now offer 1000-1200 for new staff, plus accommodation allowance flights etc. Therefore the salary offered to you is standard for the area now. Also consider that the weaker sterling has made UK comparisons 30% less.

    Like it or not, it is a typical methodology in many Arab world schools to offer the same salary regardless of experience.

    For all offers, for all countries, a key question is genuine savings potential. Lower salaries in places like Oman and Malaysia seem poor compared to Hong Kong or Singapore, but you will have more savings. You can easily send £1000 a month home on the Omani salary, if not much more. If sterling improves in the coming year, expect a free 20-30% increase in salary.
  4. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Yeh, i have a feeling sterling will be going down not up. Especially with the lunacy of Brexit starting to take hold
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  5. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    If you are so interested in money, backintoteaching, then why are you a teacher? Perhaps you should start another career, maybe as a banker or perhaps doing something in casino management. Have you ever thought of becoming an estate agent? Or how about selling second-hand cars?

    The Omanis are lovely people: gentle, good-humoured and hospitable. They are often called "the gentlefolk of the Gulf" because of their kindness and tolerance. Oman is an amazing, fascinating and beautiful country, but you do not seem to be particularly interested in its culture or its history, backintoteaching, so maybe this is not the right place for you.
  6. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    You all realise this is Musikteech, right?

    I'm getting tired of typing that
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  7. hummi7883

    hummi7883 New commenter

    Is 1000 OMR a good salary with all the other things included in the package.. Just under 5 years experience. Also, how does havinga Masters degree affect your salary? If the Masters is in an irrelevant subject would that still be counted?
  8. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    My school would give you an extra $5000 a year for having a masters, regardless of subject. Extra money for masters / doctorate are very common on the international circuit, but each school will have a different stipend amount.

    I personally think that salary is dreadful, but its all relative. If you are willing to work for it then go for it.
  9. isotonic

    isotonic Occasional commenter

    1100 omani riyal is around £2200 per month which is take home on par with a teacher in the UK on £35k
  10. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Except that a teacher's salary in the UK means that you (and your employer) are paying into the TPS. It is not something that you youngsters think about much, but the big six zero will come round for us all, one day.
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  11. Jason_Bourne_

    Jason_Bourne_ Occasional commenter

    With the 11,500 GBP personal tax allowance, 1100 OMR is equivalent to a teacher in the UK on approximately 31k GBP...
  12. desertstarme

    desertstarme New commenter

    I use this for fair comparisons: https://www.uktaxcalculators.co.uk/
    Put £36k into the calculator (top end teach with no extras in UK) and it roughly equals the standard 1100 OMR on offer OK for experienced teacher, good for teacher with 2-5 years.
  13. kstainsb

    kstainsb New commenter

    The TPS is worth about £10,000 per year (or it was, last tine I worked it out for mps 5 yrs teaching). You should factor that into any offer.
  14. Jason_Bourne_

    Jason_Bourne_ Occasional commenter

    My bad... I had entered the 11,500 personal tax free allowance without realising it had already been factored in.
  15. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Yuck! If you are so interested in money, maybe some of you ought to work in a bank. Or a casino.
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  16. isotonic

    isotonic Occasional commenter

    Money is naturally important unless you are blessed enough not to worry about it! lucky for some hey @the hippo ;)
  17. gafleecey

    gafleecey New commenter

    What do people who have lived in Muscat think about transport please?
    Is there public transport, or are taxis the better option?
    Is it 100% necessary to buy a car, or would it be possible to get by with hiring one occasionally?

  18. Fer888

    Fer888 Occasional commenter

    I hired a car when I was there. It was just easier in the long run as the school I was at didn't provide transport to or from work
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  19. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    Or the big six seven for those youngsters working in the UK :)
  20. truth_seeker12

    truth_seeker12 Occasional commenter

    Or the big eight for the ones even younger ones considering the way things are going

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