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Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by viccazwilk, Mar 25, 2017.
There are lots and lots of Spanish schools that pay less than that
Well, I guess if people didn't accept it schools couldn't get away with it.
I suppose there'll always be young 20-somethings - possibly NQTs - with not too many financial responsibilities who fancy a couple of years partying in Marbs, or wanting Madrid nightlife, and as long as they can just about survive to the end of the month are not overly bothered about a high salary...
Down our way, there seem to be quite a few retirees who moved here, got bored and wanted something to do: so money isn't their main aim.
You have a pm.
I think I had an interview at the same school in Valencia this week, I was prepared to take it if offered but after reading this thread, not so sure anymore!
It all depends. The convenio is just a guarantee of minimum teaching wage. Myself and the other half of Zimrilim are very happy in Madrid but we got lucky. Both taking home 2,300 per month after tax but we are at the top end and in a very well established school that concentrates on keeping staff and is very family orientated. The 1000 euros each settling in allowance also helped. No private medical insurance is not a problem as the service here is equal to private hospitals in the Gulf and a damn sight better than China or South America. This will hopefully be our last gig as we want to finish where we started off in the 1990s. It also helps that Young Zimrilim loves it here. That is a true bonus.
I just applied to a school in Valencia (International School). What salary did they offer you? I knew Spain did not pay as well as other places, but I didn't expect it to be as bad as I have been reading.
Some of the pay in Spain is quite frankly embarrassing. I am taking home less money than in my first year of teaching. I've been teaching over ten years. Professionally working in Spain has been the biggest mistake of career and it isn't just because of the money.
This was my experience also. If you want to continue in the profession avoid Spain at all costs.
Me Three !!!!
there are so many much much much better countries out there
Compared to the UK and the international circuit salaries are significantly lower in Spain. You might want to come for the climate and culture but I fancy many countries have a lot to offer in those departments.
I work in Madrid, in a 'concertado' secondary school and am the only native speaker of English in the school. It has been and is an incredible experience but financially I break even.
The thing is the vast majority of the private schools will pay local, not international wages, which do not compare with northern Europe or the international school circuit. Also job security and contracts can leave a lot to be desired. Having said that the local teachers seem to achieve a much better work/life balance than my overworked former colleagues back in the UK.
So I wouldn't come here to build up a bank balance or a pension pot but Spain is an incredible country to live in and experience, even for a short time.
Care to elaborate?
It would be difficult to elaborate on some points without losing anonymity.
Ask me again when I no longer work where I currently work
Hmmm! I remember getting my first pay slip as an assistant lecturer at Fareham Tech. 995 pounds a year...
Even though I’m in Spain, I make a great deal more than that now!