With an increased number of schools opening in the UAE and a growing demand for professionals in the education sector, many institutions in the country are now going aggressive with their hiring plans in the UK.
Many private schools and even government institutions are looking to recruit teachers in the UK. Recruitment fairs are being held in London to attract the right candidates.
For example, SeekTeachers, a recruitment agency placing teachers around the world, is hosting a recruitment fair in London on January 22 to place teachers in the UAE. The pay package being offered includes salary of about Dh12,000 per month with free accommodation, medical cover, flights, residency cover and visa, no-absence bonus, one-time relocation allowance of Dh3,000, and gratuity as per UAE labour law.
Another recruitment agency, EduStaff, is also looking for teachers in the UK to be placed in the UAE at various levels and across different disciplines.
Government-run institutions are also looking to hire teachers and their pay scale is better than those offered in the private sector.
Positions available to be filled include mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, PE, ICT teachers, lab instructors and librarian among many others.
The package includes a salary of up to Dh13,000, accommodation allowance of Dh11,200 per calendar month with free visa, flights for employee and one spouse, medical cover and UAE gratuity bonus pay.
Dubai alone will have at least 100 new private schools over the next few years as the private education sector in the city grows at a healthy pace, with 7 per cent increase in student enrolment over the last five years.
Dubai currently has 225,000 pupils studying at 153 private schools spread across different curriculums catering to various nationalities. At least 140,000 more seats will be needed by 2020.
“Education was the only sector that continued to grow even during recession and considering the consistent growth over the last decade our study projects a 60-per cent rise in the number of students and schools by 2020,” Dr Abdullah Al Karam, Chairman of the Board and Director General of Knowledge and Human Development Authority Dubai (KHDA), said in the last quarter of 2013.