Education Industry Update Q4 2015

Education Industry Update Q4 2015

Education is another industry in which most GCC nations are seeking to improve their infrastructure as the baby boomers are set to retire from the workforce and demand for skilled workers is needed to replace them.

With one of the youngest populations in the world, demand for skilled and western curriculum teachers and tutors are high in order to cater for the large numbers of students enrolling in schools.

Despite an increasing number of young employees now graduating university, it has become evident that these graduates do not actually have the skills required to succeed in the professional workplace.

This has caused some scrutiny over the effectiveness of its institutions, one that governments are looking to change by investing more money into higher learning education institutions and programmes.

Not only are they looking to improve the facilities its young nationals have to learn in, they are looking to develop its curriculum based upon the western education system. To succeed in doing so, a high demand of expatriate teachers, professors and tutors are required.

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Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, the new budget that has just been released has seen an increase in investment from the government (up 3 per cent from the previous year) to fund around 164 projects for new and existing education projects.

Three new universities are expected to open and be built within the next year, requiring university professors and lecturers while an increased capacity at already established universities and college campus is expected also. 

This is all part of a $21 billion education programme scheduled to be completed by 2018. As well as the construction of facilities, it will also plan to provide training to nearly 25,000 teachers to improve its local workforce. In the meantime, they still rely heavily on expats coming to work. 


UAE is witnessing an increase in demand for private schools, which can impart education according to the standards of many international requirements and levels. An increase of interest from many foreign higher education institutions are providing further opportunities for its local students, workforce and expats for greater opportunities in the coming years.

The rising demand for private schools, E-Learning and ICT are the main trends impacting hiring as we conclude the year.

Overall, there has been a rapid expansion across all education levels from primary, secondary and tertiary education but the main area of deficiency in the UAE (although this can relate to many of the GCC countries) is the lack of quality tuition available for practical skills such as sciences.

Special education student with teacherWhy there is a demand for Western teachers?

The reason why there is such a demand for quality western educators is due to the overall scores of schools in the region. On a global scale, its rankings for all countries indexed are all below the average, with the UAE having the highest quality of schools in the Middle East, ranking 45th out of 76 nations. Other GCC countries ranked were; Iran, 51st, Bahrain 57th, Lebanon 58th, Jordan 61st, Tunisia 64th, Saudi Arabia 66th and Qatar 68th.

In saying this, this does not mean Dubai or any of the other nations have access to some of the best schools globally. In fact, Dubai’s International schools rank within the top 10 globally, but it is the difference between its international and national schools that bring down its national average according to, Clive Pierrepont, director of communications for education group Taaleem. 

For Abu Dhabi to meet the demand and education requirements, 60,000 private school places will need to be added in the next five years, according to the director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec).

Job Opportunities

Overall, there were 46 recent teaching positions found at the time of publication across the entire region. The majority of these were found in the UAE with only a handful across KSA, Qatar and Bahrain.

With just a handful of professor, instructor, tutor and ESL teacher positions advertised, there are certainly more to come as institutions are built.

The average salary teachers can earn every month in the UAE is just under Dh 10,000. This equates to about US $2,750 per month of tax free income! 

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