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Teaching in Malaysia

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by 012jazmine, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. rosiecg

    rosiecg Occasional commenter

  2. nemo.

    nemo. Occasional commenter

    15k gross rock bottom for a youngish single just wants to have fun type. 20k gross if you want to save money.

    With 2 kids and a non working partner 25k.

    Best schools pay 20k plus. Often kids are fantastic in Malaysia especially Malaysians. Kids are smart funny but super respectful to teachers with very high levels of English combined with no compromise attitude towards study. Thats the best bit!
    rednelly84, grdwdgrrrl, mermy and 2 others like this.
  3. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Respect to Nemo, and disagreement. Teachers are living happy lives and doing some saving on 10,000 monthly. Obviously everyone has their own yardstick, but it is possible to do well with a lot less than 20.
    grdwdgrrrl, Charlyrose and She_Skates like this.
  4. grdwdgrrrl

    grdwdgrrrl Occasional commenter

    I completely agree. As a family of 5 with one working spouse who is making about that, we just make it and our tiny savings is really just an emergency fund.
  5. rosiecg

    rosiecg Occasional commenter

    Yep, I'm on 15.5k ish and saving lots so far as well as having lots of meals out, weekend trips to local areas and a monthly trip abroad.
  6. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Well done!
  7. ecoartist

    ecoartist New commenter

    Hi, I am trying find out the differences between teaching in Dubai and Malaysia, it would great if you can help me.

    Many thanks
  8. WrongEyedJesus

    WrongEyedJesus New commenter

    I have read through this thread a couple of times. Considering an offered position in KL. Anybody in KL willing to PM me and discuss what the cost of living is like compared to the amount I have been offered? Many thanks in advance.
  9. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Try numbeo. You can compare your current city to KL across all sorts of areas.
  10. WrongEyedJesus

    WrongEyedJesus New commenter

    Thanks for the reply. That isn't what I meant. I know how my current salary compares with the new one. I was more interested in how the RM figure relates to the cost of living in KL for my family and I....
  11. 576

    576 Established commenter

    Numbeo is the site for you.
  12. Charlyrainbow23

    Charlyrainbow23 New commenter

    I am in KL with my family at the moment. You can PM me and I can try to help.
  13. JKaramath

    JKaramath New commenter

    Hello all, great thread, enjoying the discussion. I'm just staring looking and am just wondering if there any pitfalls to looking on TES for international jobs, or is it really that any posted would be reliable? Also, is there anywhere else one might look? It's for a physics position. It's sad to have to leave but the thought of a massive pay cut, teach more hours and students with almost zero work ethic is driving me out of the UK I think... :'(. Thanks in advance...
  14. ejclibrarian

    ejclibrarian Established commenter Community helper

    Sign up to one of the recruitment agencies. You’ll get snapped up teaching physics. Also, just because a school posts an ad on TES does not guarantee it’s a good place to work.
  15. ecoartist

    ecoartist New commenter

    Hi, Malaysia sounds great, however, I want to save some money before my return to England, is that possible in Malaysia or should be considering Dubai / Abu dhabi ? Many thanks
  16. rosiecg

    rosiecg Occasional commenter

    You can definitely save money in Malaysia - you just have to make the right lifestyle choices! You can get a whole meal at a local place for around 5RM, or you can spend 50RM+++ for a similar meal in a more western restaurant... Take the bus and train instead of buying a car.... Buy your groceries at a market not a shop.....
  17. rednelly84

    rednelly84 New commenter

    I'm currently in Abu Dhabi and have been for many a year now. Salaries and packages on the whole aren't as good as they were when I arrived and prices are on the up to live with added taxes left right and centre. Many schools now expect you to pay for your utilities, long gone are the days of those freebies. Something else to be aware of is the gratuity and the breakdown of your salary into basic and allowances. My contact has my full monthly salary as my basic with zero allowances; therefore my gratuity is based on this figure. Colleagues who have joined me either this year or last have more in the allowances column than the basic, meaning their gratuities are pretty worthless, some as low as AED4k. The UAE is a great base from which to travel from; I've been very lucky to have travelled extensively and there is a lot here to keep most people satisfied. However, with the costs of living ever increasing, it may not be as appealing, especially if you are a family. Singles and married couples without children can live well here. The variety of schools here means there are some excellent ones, lots of mediocre ones, and loads of terrible ones. Do your research carefully. I am now considering a move to the Far East as I believe my money will go further.
  18. ecoartist

    ecoartist New commenter

    Thank you, that was very helpful. Not straightforward as I thought. :(
    rednelly84 likes this.
  19. rednelly84

    rednelly84 New commenter

    ecoartist, feel free to PM for specific school info. Some good ones advertising currently.
  20. missbrody

    missbrody New commenter

    I am in Malaysia and can say that I take home MYR 21000 including housing allowances. Even with eating out several times a week and travelling each school holiday I can still save over MYR 12000 per month.
    Just watch which school you select as some expect a lot more time commitments in school than would ever be expected in the UK. 13 hour days and 6 day weeks exist......
    Money may be good but quality of life can be poor during term-time. Every school will be different, so make sure you find out the truth about any you apply to.
    Alice K likes this.

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