Kuwait’s oil industry makes it one of the world’s richest nations and also one of the most expensive in which to live. For the experienced, there are well-paid opportunities in the country (especially since income tax is 0%) but many teachers complain of discipline issues with financially-privileged students. The conservative culture can be incredibly stifling for non-Muslims who are expected to live in accordance with Muslim rules. On the plus side, the crime rate is low and the salaries are high.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres and local universities||2,000 – 3,000||Various shifts||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|British Council||2,750 upwards||Various shifts including evening and weekend work||6 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools||3,000 upwards||8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp.
1. Experienced teachers and examiners are advised to look for openings at the British Council as these are by far the best paid positions for those without a Masters Degree.
2. Having medical insurance (ideally as part of your contract) is essential as treatment costs are very high here and many expats have been prevented from leaving the country until they settle their considerable medical debts.
3. Be sure to negotiate with potential employers regarding the availability of free or subsidised accommodation, plus medical and flight allowances.
Work permits must be arranged before you arrive in Kuwait. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer (who is your sponsor). Remember to bring all your original documentation with you.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Kuwait is very high. However, the decent salaries go a reasonable way to reflecting that.
Tax and salary information
Your salary is tax-free. You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.
|Some excellent packages available including housing, education for children, medical, and so on||Few openings for those without considerable experience|
|Excellent tax-free TEFL salaries||High living costs|
|Decent infrastructure||The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced. No alcohol allowed and no eating in public during the ‘holy month’.|
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