Teaching English can be very lucrative in Qatar, whether at a language centre, university or with the British Council. Experience is essential and many employers require at least two years. As with all Gulf States, the Muslim way of life is not particularly compatible with other belief systems so many Westerners will require some time to adjust to what can be a stifling and rigid cultural environment. Americans and Canadians may have an advantage over other native speakers in Qatar because of the growing popularity of the American educational model. Besides the generous tax-free salaries, the other positive points include the excellent cuisine and the desert and coastline.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres and local universities||1,500 – 3,000||Various shifts||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|British Council||2,500 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 which is an excellent employer.
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 (isqama) should be arranged before you arrive in Qatar. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Qatar is high. However, the decent salaries go a reasonable way to reflecting that. Indeed, you ought to be able to save a good portion of your salary each month.
Tax and salary information
Your salary is tax-free. You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.
|Fascinating desert scenes and coastline||Few paid 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|
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