500 teaching jobs now available in the UAE – here's a snapshot of what's on offer

The majority of roles are at British schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with maths, science and computer science teachers among those in demand

TEACHERS' PAY - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Pay varies significantly depending on the school, its rating and the curriculum. Here's a rough guide as of January 2021:

- top end schools tend to pay Dh16,000-17,000 a month - plus a monthly housing allowance of up to Dh6,000. These tend to be British curriculum schools rated 'outstanding' or 'very good', followed by American schools

- average salary across curriculums and skill levels is about Dh10,000, recruiters say

- it is becoming more common for schools to provide accommodation, sometimes in an apartment block with other teachers, rather than hand teachers a cash housing allowance

- some strong performing schools have cut back on salaries since the pandemic began, sometimes offering Dh16,000 including the housing allowance, which reflects the slump in rental costs, and sheer demand for jobs

- maths and science teachers are most in demand and some schools will pay up to Dh3,000 more than other teachers in recognition of their technical skills

- at the other end of the market, teachers in some Indian schools, where fees are lower and competition among applicants is intense, can be paid as low as Dh3,000 per month

- in Indian schools, it has also become common for teachers to share residential accommodation, living in a block with colleagues

Hundreds of new teaching roles are on offer at schools across the UAE, according to a major jobs portal.

Close to 500 vacancies are being advertised on Tes – formerly Times Educational Supplement – one of the largest job sites for the education sector.

Gems Education, Taaleem and Aldar Academies are three of the larger school operators who have vacancies this month.

Many schools are already looking to hire teachers for the new academic term starting in September.

A majority of the jobs have gone live this week and many state that candidates should apply before the end of February.

Last month, The National told how schools in Dubai had recorded a sharp rise in the number of job applications from teachers.

Despite an increase in coronavirus cases this year, the city's reputation as a safe destination has played a role in attracting interest from abroad, school officials said.

Teachers are required across disciplines: from Spanish and French language teachers, to experts in food technology, art, computers, drama and music.

What kind of jobs are on offer?

A majority of the job postings are at UK-curriculum schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, though options are also available at schools offering the American curriculum and the International Baccalaureate diploma.

There are multiple opportunities open to computer science, mathematics and history teachers.

Last week, Dubai British School and Gems Wellington International School both posted vacancies for a head of mathematics.

Aldar Education is seeking principals for its British, American and IB curricula schools, as the group continues to expand.

Al Yasmina Academy in Abu Dhabi is looking for someone to head its psychology department. Candidates should have a Bachelor of Education degree in psychology and a minimum of six years' experience in teaching the subject.

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Dwight School Dubai is looking for an inclusion teacher who can join in August.  Applications must be submitted in February and interviews will likely be held in the same month.

Gems World Academy in Dubai is on the lookout for a secondary school IB maths teacher who can join the school in August.

Dubai College has a vacancy for a teacher of history and politics, starting in September.

Wesgreen International School in Sharjah is looking for a primary teacher who can start immediately.

Where are these jobs located?

The majority of the teaching jobs that have been advertised are located in Dubai and in Abu Dhabi, with a few vacancies listed in Sharjah.

Gems Cambridge International Private School in Sharjah is seeking teachers to head Year 1, kindergarten and the English and mathematics departments. Interested candidates need to apply before February 28.

Teaching jobs are also available in Ras Al Khaimah. RAK Academy is on the lookout for an early years teachers, a music teacher, a co-ordinator for the special needs department and several primary school teachers.

What are the job requirements?

Job requirements vary from school to school, and by curriculum.

UK curriculum schools require teachers to have necessary qualifications and experience teaching the National Curriculum for England – either in the UK or in an international school elsewhere.

Schools also said that they were seeking teachers with inspiring personalities who would leave a lasting impression on pupils.

School principals need to have a Bachelor of Education degree or a Bachelor's degree with a postgraduate certificate in Education.

For principals, the National Professional Qualification for Headship or a Master's degree in Education is preferred but not necessary.

They are required to establish positive working relationships with a range of stakeholders and have an understanding of the operational and financial requirements to manage a successful school.

Salaries

Schools have not mentioned salaries but highlighted the fact that teachers would get tax-free salaries, furnished accommodation, medical insurance and annual air tickets.

Many schools also offer regular professional development workshops.

Teachers in the UAE can expect starting salaries of between Dh9,000 ($2,450) to Dh15,000 per month on average.

The salary depends on the teacher's qualifications and where they completed their education.

Schools also have different pay scales depending on their fee structure and how established the institution is.

A school principal in the UAE could hope to earn between Dh26,000 to Dh28,000 per month.

Government school teachers can hope for starting monthly salaries of around Dh16,000.

TEACHERS' PAY - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Pay varies significantly depending on the school, its rating and the curriculum. Here's a rough guide as of January 2021:

- top end schools tend to pay Dh16,000-17,000 a month - plus a monthly housing allowance of up to Dh6,000. These tend to be British curriculum schools rated 'outstanding' or 'very good', followed by American schools

- average salary across curriculums and skill levels is about Dh10,000, recruiters say

- it is becoming more common for schools to provide accommodation, sometimes in an apartment block with other teachers, rather than hand teachers a cash housing allowance

- some strong performing schools have cut back on salaries since the pandemic began, sometimes offering Dh16,000 including the housing allowance, which reflects the slump in rental costs, and sheer demand for jobs

- maths and science teachers are most in demand and some schools will pay up to Dh3,000 more than other teachers in recognition of their technical skills

- at the other end of the market, teachers in some Indian schools, where fees are lower and competition among applicants is intense, can be paid as low as Dh3,000 per month

- in Indian schools, it has also become common for teachers to share residential accommodation, living in a block with colleagues

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