Teaching in Qatar
Information on Teaching in Qatar, How to Find Teaching Jobs and Current Teaching Vacancies
Teaching in Qatar
According to one survey a third of all teachers in Qatar don't have recognised qualifications.
This is unlikely to be a situation that continues for ever, and the majority of those unqualified teachers are likely to be those left over from older times - you are now unlikely to get a job in Qatar unless you are well qualified.
The current government is putting a huge emphasis both on education and continuous professional development for teachers. Should you work for the government, your teaching career in Qatar is likely to be punctuated with courses and conferences, some of which may require a trip out of the country.
If you have the appetite for that, Qatar has a huge demand for foreign teachers, with the majority of teachers being drawn from either Arabic or English speaking countries and from India.
Teaching Salaries in Qatar
Salaries vary, and as with the rest of Qatar may depend on nationality. At an independent school (i.e. the new government schools) a teacher can get anything from 14,000 to 25,000 riyals per month (valid at the time of writing). However, accommodation is not usually included in this.
International schools also vary, but may always not pay as much as you think. One limiting factor for these schools is that the Ministry of Education (now amalgamated with the Supreme Education Council) limits how much they can charge, although they try to claw back as much as they can from uniforms, registration fees etc
Some of the best deals exist with international schools run by Supreme Education Council, but wherever you end up you should normally be able to earn more than you would be back home after the removal of income tax has been considered.
As with other jobs in Qatar, bonuses and flights are included in contracts as standard for internationally recruited teachers.
Even in the independent schools, where the main language of instruction is Arabic, there is demand for native speakers in the English departments. There is also huge demand in the international schools, colleges and universities. To find vacancies check out the latest Teaching Jobs in Qatar, or apply directly to the Schools, Universities and Language Schools listed on QatarVisitor.com.
There is huge demand for one to one tuition in all subjects. Rates vary, from very little to very generous. (We know some part time teachers who make more money from their one-to-one sessions than their full time counterparts make from their school jobs!) Again, fees paid this often depends on the nationality of the teacher, as well as the wealth of the student/ the student's family.
Teachers are not normally allowed to do extra work outside school, but thousands do so!
To find extra work, post a notice on QatarLiving.com, post an ad in the paper or advertise yourself on supermarket walls.
Children attend school from Sundays to Thursdays. Schools usually start early - between seven and seven thirty) and finish early. Teachers from independent schools often attend training in the afternoons.
Holidays are good across the spectrum (that's why you became a teacher, right?), although as we mentioned before you may have to attend training from time to time.
Can be good in the international schools, pretty bad in the government schools, despite the huge training and money being poured in.