Teaching English in Pakistan

Pakistan Overview

Pakistan is perhaps not the first country that springs to mind when you think of teaching English in Asia. However, there are a number of opportunities at language centres in several cities and the demand seems to be for Business English and conversation classes with native speakers. Salaries are not high and online job advertisements remain scarce. Lots of voluntary positions are available.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres and kindergartens 500 – 1,000 (DOS) Various but often 6 days a week 2 weeks plus national holidays
International schools 2,500 upwards 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 8 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Karachi, Lahore.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp.

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1. Experienced teachers are advised to inquire if there are any IELTS Examiner positions at the British Council. These posts are infrequently advertised and well-paid.

2. Consider volunteering at first as a way to make contacts and ‘get your foot in the door’ of the country.

3. For further insights into English language tuition in Pakistan visit the SPELT (Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers) website.

Red tape

It takes approximately one month to process the work visa application and this should be done in conjunction with your employer before you arrive in Pakistan.

Cost of living

The cost of living is low in Pakistan.

Tax and salary information

Income tax is usually paid by employers and salaries are normally paid on a monthly basis.


The literacy rate in Pakistan is very low and your contribution (whether paid or unpaid) will be of great benefit to the local people Only a small number of paid positions
Low living costs Pakistan is not a very safe country at present – check travel warnings before you go
The demand for English language tuition is growing There may not be many opportunities to socialise with other foreign English teachers

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