Geography No Limit to UAE Teacher Ambition

Geography No Limit to UAE Teacher Ambition
By David Westley
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Over seven out of 10 teachers (73%) are susceptible to being enticed away from the UAE and would move to another country if the right deal was offered, the UAE Teacher Survey has revealed, highlighting an increasingly fraught global hunt for top teaching talent.

Schools across the UAE face increasingly stiff competition when it comes to retaining their best teachers as they compete in a global market. The national survey indicated that 73% of teachers would consider leaving their current role to another country, if a better one came up.

The majority of teachers will consider a move to a country that isn’t their home country, suggesting that they aren’t necessarily homesick.

The reasons given for considering a move elsewhere ranged from ‘better salary’, ‘better lifestyle’ ‘the cost of living in the UAE’ ‘better work-life balance’ ‘fewer school inspections’ and ‘better CPD opportunities’.

Teachers in American schools are the least likely to be loyal to their school according to the survey. 72% of British Curriculum school teachers compared to 86% of American curriculum school teachers said they were prepared to leave the UAE. IB teachers tend to be the most loyal - and statistically the best paid.

There is no direct correlation between pay and loyalty to the UAE however. Teachers in Indian schools tend to be some of the least well paid, but are more loyal to the UAE than their US based counterparts. This, however, may be because although they are relatively poorly paid in the UAE, they are better paid than their counterparts in India itself.

British and US curricular teachers are high in demand locally (with a number of new schools due to open in Dubai and in Abu Dhabi in 2016) and internationally. The two emirates are competing with the USA, Australia, UK, Qatar and Hong Kong as popular destinations for UAE based teachers.

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