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Teachers salary - Is this normal ?

Latest post at 27/02/2012 14:43:07
I am UK qualified teacher with over 20 years of experience in London and latterly Bahrain.
Am the moment I'm at home with my children
but was recently approached about a job here in Doha .
I was absolutely astounded to hear the salary was only 4000K per month.
Surely people don't relocate for this sort of money ?
Are the local hire rates dramatically different ?
I'm certain this amount would only be equal to the monthly fee for one child . Where is are the fees for the other 24 odd pupils going ?
I am really puzzled and given that as a supply teacher I earned 800 per day in Bahrain am obviously not pursuing the vacancy .
edited by BEDH on 27/02/2012
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Latest post at 27/02/2012 14:57:08
That is totally unacceptable - they are playing you. If you are an experienced, qualified UK teacher even moreso. I can understand if as a local hire that does not require sponsorship they might not provide some of the benefits (housing, flights, etc) but the actual salary should be the same as those teachers they recruit from their home countries. I once knew a teacher in Egypt who had a similar experience, and she then flew to one of the job fairs in London and was essentially offered the same job on a full expat package with a much higher salary. Infuriating but true!
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Latest post at 27/02/2012 16:39:36
As to whether that is "normal" depends on what type of school and what level you would be teaching. That is what a lot of the nurseries pay their teachers. Which is sad because although there are some teachers who do as little as possible, there are many who consistently go above and beyond what they are expected to do.

There are schools that pay more than that though... but without knowing what level of school you would be teaching it is hard to know if what you were offered is normal. Also remember a lot of employers will put out a lower number than what they are really willing to pay ... you can always tell them as much as you would love to work for them, that amount doesn't meet your needs.. and see if they come back to you with another offer.
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Latest post at 27/02/2012 17:03:32
My husband is a teacher here with 5 years experience from the UK. He has worked at a local school and a American school. The basic salary is about 5000 but with extras such as housing allowance it should come in as over 15,000 minimum a month. Hope this gives you some idea
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Latest post at 27/02/2012 17:18:43
As a local hire though, you tend not to get a housing allowance or other "extras." So you can't really factor those in.
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Latest post at 27/02/2012 18:53:49
No it is no normal. I understand that the Indian schools pay about 4 -5 a month and that is normal. It is certainly not right for UK qualified teachers. Stay clear. A friend of mine was offered a job a year ago with a good school and it was for 14,000 and she was local hire. Don't sell yourself cheap!
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Latest post at 27/02/2012 19:07:36
CSH ,- I'm giving it a wide berth . Less than £700 a month !
I started on double that as a graduate in 1990 .
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Latest post at 27/02/2012 19:54:22
Sorry...dont know much about teachers salary...but I saw on the British Embassy website that DESS was hiring...
You could check their website I guess for details...in case you were interested...
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Latest post at 28/02/2012 09:17:31
Adding to the nos! As a local hire you should be able to get between 10 and 15k a month with nothing on top. 15 would be rare but depends what subject you teach etc and how much the school needs you.

As international hire, you're probably looking at around 12k + housing etc. More if you're willing to take on more responsibility.
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Latest post at 28/02/2012 19:27:43
I'm going to agree with everyone and say that this is a terrible salary! I've worked at a nursery as a local hire for 6000QR and a primary school also as a local hire for 15,500QR so if someone offered me 4000QR a month I'd be quite offended!
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Latest post at 28/02/2012 19:51:47
As I was contacted through LinkedIn and was dealing with an individual I don't have the school's name to actually blacklist .
But it was described as an Established British national curriculum school seeking an experienced primary teacher with qualifications in learning support desirable .
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Latest post at 28/02/2012 20:37:38
It seems a little strange to me that an employer's representative would approach a candidate via LinkedIn and not give the employer's name. Jobs on LinkedIn as far as I know are not generally presented with the employer hidden - at least not in my experience. If the salary issue wasn't enough, this strikes me as another red flag.
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Latest post at 28/02/2012 20:48:56
Exactly my thoughts RachelA , although it isn't the first time that I've been approached through LinkedIn . I think educational recruiter's use it regularly .

I am not actively seeking work but am curious about the going salary rates
and will try get the name of this low paying establishment as a warning to others .
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Latest post at 28/02/2012 21:34:36
I've actually been approached for positions via Linkedin as well, but the name of the prospective employer was always mentioned. Anyway seems there are more than enough signals telling you to stay away!
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