Despite the generally excellent English language skills of the Swedish people there is still some demand for tuition in the land of the midnight sun. This demand is usually created by foreign workers needing to learn English for a Specific Purpose (medical, finance, etc.) and Business English tuition. Very few opportunities are advertised online so you will probably have to start your search once you have arrived. This makes it very difficult for those who do not hold an EU passport (unless they already have the essential contacts in Sweden). Note that salaries are low when compared to the high living costs but there are opportunities for EU nationals to become self-employed in the longer term.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||1,500 – 2,000||Various shifts||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools||3,000 upwards||9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp., EU national, local interview preferred.
1. Non-EU nationals should try to arrange a job and a work permit several months before arriving.
2. EU nationals who wish to settle in Sweden should look into opening up their own language school. Self-employed work is much more lucrative (f you have enough contacts).
As with most countries in Europe, it is a lot easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals.
Cost of living
Living costs are high and most TEFL salaries in Sweden will only just cover them. Expect to share accommodation with other teachers. The Swedish people are exceedingly sociable but eating and drinking out can do serious damage to your wallet. There is little chance of saving money each month.
Tax and salary information
Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis. The income tax in Sweden is notoriously high (even for those on low salaries).
|A lesser-known TEFL destination which will provide you with a unique teaching experience||Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals and those without considerable experience|
|Superb infrastructure – a very safe country||Very few opportunities|
|A beautiful country ideally suited to those who love outdoor pursuits||High living costs when compared to the salaries|
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