esl in saudi arabia

ESL salary in Saudi Arabia

ESL Saudi Arabia Working abroad

It is no secret that many people move to Saudi Arabia attracted by the very advantageous salaries offered to ESL teachers. No other country in the world offer better salaries than Saudi Arabia and the lists of perks (benefits) that expats receive on top of their basic salary is usually enough to tip the balance and convince people from all over the globe to move to the intriguing Kingdom.

So what can you expect? How much exactly can you earn working as an ESL university teacher in Saudi Arabia? What is the cost of life and how much can you save living here? Is everything you heard true?

I have decided to be open about my financial situation in this post, not to brag but to shed some light on the actual situation here. Of course I am only one person and as I will explain further down in this post, salaries are often calculated on an individual basis so I cannot account for every expat in every city in every university. Still, I think it will help to get a clearer picture.

ESL salary in saudi arabia
A university in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

 

Basic ESL Salary in Saudi Arabia

If you have already looked online for ESL jobs in Saudi Arabia you must have noticed that there are basically 2 types of offers when it comes to salaries and neither are very specific. They either mention a salary range or simply indicate that salary is negotiable. At first this may seem frustrating: “why don’t they write down HOW MUCH?”.

There is actually a simple explanation for this, they don’t advertise a basic salary because it is very often calculated based on each candidate’s merits. Salary offers are based on several factors, among them: nationality, qualifications, experience, Gulf experience, languages spoken, city of employment… as well as a whole bunch of other factors that are usually neither clear nor advertised.

It can be hard, when you look for jobs, to know exactly how much you can expect and you may have to wait until you receive an offer to get a clear idea. Yet don’t despair, as I mentioned above, Saudi Arabia has no close second when it comes to high salaries and if you are a strong candidate you will be glad you didn’t give up.

ESL Salary Booster

Before I give you straight figures, here are some factors that can seriously help to increase your basic salary:

  • accepting jobs with Oil and Petroleum Industry companies located in the Dammam region, which is less popular with expats due to the extremely hot climate and the lack of entertainment
  • a Phd in English or Applied Linguistics
  • applying as a couple
  • a Direct hire offer (as opposed to an offer from a recruiting agency)
  • having previous experience in Saudi or another Gulf country

So how much do I make here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia?

As a British national, with an MA from the UK with 5 years teaching experience, I started off by earning a little more than SAR 15 000 per month. (SAR=Saudi Riyals). I will let you use a currency converter to get a better idea of how much that is but it is basically equivalent to USD 4000 (USD=US Dollars). With a 3 to 5% increment every year you renew your contract, it adds up quite nicely.

I think this is a medium to high salary here in Saudi. Some ESL teacher earn much less while others earn way more. That’s not the point though,

Saudi is not about basic salary, it’s more about the long list of PERKS that come with it… and this is where to real money is.

Perks are what makes a huge difference in the kind of life you can have here and/or how quickly you can save money for that all important (and expensive) project back home.

ESL Salary in saudi arabia
Money isn’t everything. How’s that for a work place?

Salary, Perks & Savings

I was once talking to someone back in the UK and they were arguing that earning SAR 15 000 is not that much better than a good salary in the UK and that it didn’t justify moving across the world to a country like Saudi Arabia. I had to agree with them that some people in the UK do make some really good money too but…. and there is a giant, huge, enormous BUT…

the question shouldn’t be how much you earn or how much money comes into your bank account. The real deal breaker is how much you got left to live on at the end of the month!

Let’s first make a list of the main perks I’m getting here as an ESL teacher in Jeddah:

  • 2 return plane tickets per year
  • 60 days paid holidays + 21 days National Holidays
  • Visa and Iqama (residence permit) fees paid for me
  • Class A medical insurance
  • Free medical check up + immunization shots
  • Free housing in a fully furnished family flat
  • Free transportation to work, to shopping centers and the beach + free airport transfers every time I need it
  • Gas bill = paid for me
  • Electricity bill = paid for me
  • Water bill = paid for me
  • Free Internet
  • Free telephone home line + calls to other home lines
  • Free and unlimited access to recreational facilities (Olympic size swimming pools, gym, tennis courts, playground…)
  • Zero taxes: what you earn is what you keep

I may have forgotten a few small things but I think this is basically it. Now let’s do the math and calculate my monthly expenses: that means food basically and some mobile phone credit. On a regular month I spend between SAR 3000 and 4000. If you have children, you will need to add schooling expenses on top of that.

So again let’s count: 15000 – 4000 = SAR 11 000+ per month that I can save!!! How does that compare to the UK or to your own home country? No comparison with the UK, where once you’ve paid your taxes, your rent, your bills, your children’s education and your grocery shopping you have nothing left. Forget about savings, you’re usually happy if you can buy food at the end of the month!

So here you go, this is the real math you should do if you’re thinking of moving to Saudi Arabia. I’m pretty sure you will come to the same conclusion thousands of other expats have come to: Saudi is a heaven to make and save money. And it’s not just me! I have heard countless stories from people around me here since I arrived. A lady from the UK can work here for 1 year and she will be able to afford 5 years of education in a fancy private school in the UK for her child. Another from the US will work here for 2 years to completely pay off all her student’s loans and debts. As for us, in less than a year our dream of building a little family house will become a reality inshallah.

Of course there is much more to Saudi Arabia than making money. It is country with a rich culture and the perfect place to get out of your comfort zone and experience something truly unique.

Have you considered taking a job in Saudi Arabia? What attracted you? Or what is it that is stopping you?

 

60 thoughts on “ESL salary in Saudi Arabia

  1. Hi great blog,

    I am British with a BA Primary Education, PGCE Primary Education and 5 years international school experience. I would like to try and save 3000 USD a month working in SA. Do you thing that this is in the realms of possibility or a bit far fetched? Is there anywhere else in the UAE or beyond with the same saving potential. Thank you so much.

    1. Hi there,
      It is always difficult to answer earning/saving questions as it depends on so many different factors: salary, package, family situation, lifestyle… However I\’ll give you a hypothetical situation and this may help you figure out your saving power in Saudi. As a British national with a PostGrad diploma and some experience, you could get top offers of 15000sar or more IF you get a direct hire offer. However, most offers these days are with recruiters and this means much lower figures. Anyway, with a 15000sar monthly salary, IF you are single, IF you don\’t have to pay for housing and IF you live a \”normal\” lifestyle (as opposed to splashing out in luxury every day) and IF you don\’t have hefty monthly commitments (such as paying for a car or something like that) then saving 3000USD a month is within the realms of possibilities. Again, it all depends on the salary package they offer you. You got to understand that if they don\’t offer housing, then this will be a big part of your monthly budget. If your starting salary is below 12000K then I would say it\’s not possible. As for other countries, I\’m not sure. For a long time, Saudi was by far the best place to save money due to high salaries and low cost of life but in the last 2 years, salary packages for expats have been following a downward trend and cost of life is getting more and more expensive so it\’s possible that other countries could be just as good nowadays.
      Hope this helps. Feel free to email me anytime if you think i can help further. All the best 🙂

  2. Dear Jameela,

    Is there any way non-natives can work as ESL Teachers in Saudia Arabia? I’m Dutch and I have an MA, Philosophy, from the University of Amsterdam.

    Kind regards,

    Tarik

    1. There are 2 issues here:
      YES it is sometimes possible for non-natives to get an ESL job offer if for instance they have a passport from one of the native-speaking countries.

      Some recruiting agencies will also sometimes overlook the issue but it is rare as being a native speaker (or at least having the right passport) is a requirement so that the employer can apply for a work visa from the ministry. However, if you are already IN the country (as a spouse for instance) you may be able to land a job. Beware however that in recent years, there has been a fairly systematic crack down on \”illegal\” workers (people who are on a spouse visa are not usually allowed to work).

      The other issue I can see based on your comment is that you don\’t have any academic qualifications in English language or teaching! If you can bypass the passport problem, then i would strongly recommend you invest in a CELTA or at least a TEFL or something as your profile as I see it is not the most sought after.

      Saudi Arabia is a prized destination famous for high salaries and standards of living but you cannot expect to simply get in just because you want to teach English. If that\’s really what you want however, when there\’s a will, there\’s a way. All the best.

  3. Hello, what about Lebanese couples do they have any chance of good salaries? I have a BA in Science Education, CELT, Diploma in designing multimedia instructional lessons and 5 years of experience teaching english and science in upper elementary school. Moreover, my husband has BS in computer science and a teaching diploma (hoping to be ICT teacher). He also developed a school management system,and trains teachers. Do you think we have a chance to get hired with good salaries?

    1. Hello there
      You have to understand that the number one criteria for hire and deciding salaries is nationality. If you come from an English speaking country then it is easier for them to get a work visa approved and salaries will be higher. In your case you may still be offered a job but don\’t be surprised if they offer you less than 10000 riyals. I knew a Palestinian teacher with great credentials and experience, he was from the US (but didn\’t have the nationality) and they paid him 8000 riyals. That was years back before the drop in expats\’ salaries! Sad reality of Saudi Arabia 🙁

  4. Thank you for your very detailed and informative post. I have two questions. As an American, when I taught English in a Chinese university, we had more or less a four month fall semester and a four month spring semester (like the West). The summer and winter breaks were free and I was able to either go home or on vacation for 4 months in the year. Would this be the case if I taught university in Saudi Arabia? Also, I have three master’s degrees including an MEd in TESOL and an MEd in Special Education. I also possess a teaching license in TESOL. I have three years of teaching TESOL in the US as an adjunct professor in Long Island University, six years of university English teaching experience in China, three years of university English teaching experience in Thailand and three years of experience as a special education teacher in NYC. What type of salary do you think I should ask for and expect? Thank you so much in advance 🙂

    1. Hi Adam to answer your questions: (1) about holidays: it depends on your contract. Minimum is 30 paid holidays and some places will give you up to 60 days paid holidays. Doesn\’t sound like much but you need to add to that 11days off during Ramadan and 10 days off during hajj. As these currently fall during the summer you will be able to take quite a long break. Regarding winter break again it depends on your contract and employer but usually any time taken off during the year comes out of your annual allowance. Plus employers provide free visas and return plane tickets only for the summer holidays.

      (2) regarding salaries: it is always hard to estimate individual salaries because employers don\’t make their criteria public but you seem to have very good credentials and experience plus (and most importantly) you are American so i\’d say that anything below 13000 riyals is too low. Years ago I would have said 15000 upward but salary packages for expats on the decline so be prepared. Depending on how much they want you you could hope to get close to 18 or 20k (saudi riyals). All the best

  5. Thank you for your helpful article! My husband and I recently got some offers to teach in Saudi Arabia at an university. However, after researching a bit and reading some blogs and articles, I’m starting to think that our offers are quite low. My husband has a MBA and I have a BS. We both have TEFL certificates and have taught in Spain (as language assistants) for 4 years. He got offered $2,400/month and I, $2,200/month… What do you think – is it our credentials or are we just late in the game with all the good offers being taken up or have the salaries gone down drastically recently? Could we counter asking for a higher salary or is it just you get what you get? Thank you for your help!

    1. Hi there and thank you for your comment. I have emailed you personally with my replies but for the other readers out there yes your offer is way to low. A good average salary for the university lecturer in KSA is between 3000 and 4000 dollars. American applicants often get close to 5000 dollars. Try to negotiate that offer. All the best.

  6. Jameela:

    I’m in quite the pickle, aka quandary. Hope you can help me clear my head. So, back in early February I was offered what I thought was a so-so salary for a private school in Jeddah ($3200 USD monthly tax-free), but I countered them with $3700. They accepted it, but I passed ultimately anyway because I considered the cultural transition difficulties and the fact that I have an 11-year-old whose mother probably won’t let me bring him there.

    Fast forward 6 weeks (now almost April) and I received another email from the exact same school saying they still have the middle/high school opening available. I sent them another offer for $4200 USD monthly and, again, they accepted it. So my question is 2-fold; why would a decent school send out 3 different offers so easily? And is this because Saudi kids have more disciplinary issues in the classroom and it’s harder to get teachers to stay? (Keep in mind I have taught in the U.S. as well so I know what problems kids can cause. I’ve also experienced the flipside of the coin and have made comparable money $3500-$4000 in China with super respectful kids that involve literally no classroom management issues).

    What gives with this school? Should I stay away or accept it? I’d like to add I have 13 years teaching experience but no MA or PhD. Just my teaching license (English 7-12). I have a comparable offer again in China so I have a dilemma to say the least.

    Your help is greatly appreciated.

    1. Christopher
      I have sent you an email but to help others who might be in your situation you should know that employers may be eager to recruit and sign a contract as April means the end of the academic year and they would prefer to have their staff secured for next September. As for behavior and discipline it is not usually a problem in Saudi Arabia either as children as usually respectful of teachers. The answer must be somewhere else but since I don\’t know the school I cannot give more specific information.

  7. Hi there. I am a US citizen. I just got an offer (today) from a Saudi university for a total package of 12,300 SAR with a base salary of 9,000 SAR, and I am frankly very surprised it’s as low as it is. But I don’t have degrees in linguistics or English. My MS and PhD (world-ranked research universities) are in different disciplines, though I hold both a CELTA & DELTA and have been teaching at the university level for over a decade, including all levels of ESL.

    Why do you think the salary I’m being offered is so low? I hate having to mention this–I really, really hate it–but research is telling me I have to acknowledge it. I’m an African-descended US citizen and this is obvious when I submit my passport info page to schools. I’ve had schools in Asia receive just my CV, call me within minutes of it being submitted to set up a Skype interview only to be visibly disappointed on meeting me online. I never hear back from those places–they even cease responding to my inquiries. And while I can teach in South America or developing nations (I should point out that I’ve also been rejected for positions in Mexico, Honduras, Chile, and Costa Rica), I cannot afford to work simply to pay for my own living expenses. I also cannot justify taking two-years to pursue a second master’s degree in TESOL, especially since I’m already not very successful winning posts in the field despite my professional experience here in the US.

    Please feel free to be very blunt as nothing so far is working out for me. I just need to know if I should abandon TEFL and return to my old discipline. Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Ted and thank you for being in touch and sharing your story.

      You\’re totally right: this offer SUCKS big time. Even with the current downward trend of salaries, 9000sar basic is nothing for a US passport holder with a Phd!!! Your offer should reasonably be around 20K basic with a nice package including free housing, transportation and medical insurance at the very least.

      Sadly, I do think your analysis is also correct! I also hate having to say this but it is a fact that native English speakers of African descent are usually offered much lower salaries than their Caucasian counterparts! It SUCKS but this is the reality.

      I cannot advise you how to move forward from this. It depends on your priorities at this point in your life. If you are living by yourself without a family to support and if the package they offer you include FREE housing, then know that you can totally live on that and save quite a bit too. You wouldn\’t be working just to pay your expenses.

      Have you tried discussing the offer with them? The fact your MS and PhD are not in linguistics really isn\’t a issue and that\’s a FACT too. Especially as you hold a CELTA and DELTA and you have ESL teaching experience. Clearly the offer is not fair. If your priority is to monetize your qualifications and work experience, then you should try to get at least 20000 sar basic salary in Saudi Arabia or look elsewhere.

      If you want to discuss this further, feel free to email me anytime: diaryofaserialexpat@gmail.com

      Thanks again for sharing this on the blog. All the best.

      1. Thank you so much for your prompt and frank reply. It’s very valuable. Yes, I did write the university and, as tactfully as I could, tried to sell myself, including pointing out my degrees, certifications, university teaching experience, leadership roles in academia and corporate US, and my work in international education. They haven’t replied back to me. Oh well.

        It’s very important for others like me to read what experienced individuals like you have to say. As you know, the CELTA & DELTA are not cheap. Before I pursued them, I had very frank talks with recruitment officers about race dynamics. They ALL told me I had nothing to worry about given my background. In fact, several of them were annoyed that I should even broach the subject (yeah, I’m the bad guy). And years later, other than ESL positions I acquired at universities where I was already teaching in the math or physics or engineering departments, here I am having difficulty securing even minimum wage ESL positions in developing nations. Programs should be required to divulge these challenges to potential students who’re shelling out upwards of 15K USD for certificates and more for degrees.

        Thanks to your confirmation of what I’ve read elsewhere from other well-prepared African-descended teachers seeking employment internationally, I’ll just resign myself to staying in my own field. Again, I really appreciate your honesty. I know it’s not easy having that particular conversation. Best to you and your website.

        1. I hope they will reply to you soon with a better (decent) offer. In the meantime, thank you again Ted for posting these comments. It is really helpful to other readers. I haven\’t experienced all sides of Saudi Arabia so it is important that people like you accept to share their experience on this blog. I wish you all the best for your career.

  8. Hi, I studied electronic&electrical engr at a university here in Nigeria and I am planning to write celta certification to enable me get an English teaching job in Saudi Arabia for my wife I working Makkah already as a nurse. Please would I be a able to get English teaching job with celta certification and what would likely be my salary for I have 10 years experience. Thank you

    1. What you must know is that in order to get a teaching job the first and main criteria are (in order of importance): 1) Nationality – you should be from an English-speaking country 2) Qualifications – an MA is absolutely essential. It should be an English Language or teaching major preferably, it must be from a recognized accredited university and online degrees are not accepted and 3) teaching experience – minimum is 2 or 3 years
      A CELTA can sometimes be a bonus if you don\’t have all the above requirements. Salary packages depends on the requirements too: the more boxes you tick the higher your salary.

  9. Hi,

    I have a question for you; I just received an offer to interview. In the email, I’m being offered a package of 12000 but a base salary of 9375. Here are my qualifications;

    Female U.S born educator,
    M.Ed TESOL
    5+ Years foreign experience, although not in the Gulf
    I am African American with a Islamic name ( Born and raised Muslim)….I’m wondering if this is a factor. I’me taught ESL in multiple countries and I am aware that some employers base their pay on race. Does this seem low for you?I’m actually shocked at such a low minimum offer for a M.Ed AND I’m NYS certified to teach grades K-12…

    1. Hi Zainab. To answer your questions I agree with you that it is a very low offer. Both the basic salary and package 9000are very low. As a US national with a M.ed and 5 years experience this is way too low to be acceptable! 9000sar is what non-English natives would get. I also think that your analysis of the situation may be correct: race could be a factor sadly. As for being a Muslim you\’d think it would be a bonus in KSA but sadly again it is not. Some employers (more precisely people who do the selection) actually prefer non-Muslim candidates. You should ask for 13 or 14k sar minimum as basic salary. Hope you get a decent offer…

  10. Hi Jameela,

    I have a BA in Applied Linguistics, Post Graduate Diploma in Language Teaching, TEFL certificate and 5+ years teaching experience. I am currently doing my MA TESOL too. Do you think a vocational college would pay a salary 15,000 SAR for a (foundation) EFL teacher? Most of my teaching experience has been teaching children (3.5 years). In any case I do think it’s important to consider all other benefits too. Thank you so much for your honest response.

    1. Hi Tabby and thanks for stopping by. It looks like you got an impressive CV in the making. My suggestion is to wait until you MA is completed then start applying everywhere, including universities. As a native speaker from an English speaking country (NZ), you could indeed get an offer around 15 000 sar. In your CV, put forward (1) your nationality (the most important criteria) (2) your MA in TESOL and (3) your 5+ years teaching experience (not important if it was children) and you should get some serious offers. Most of my teaching experience was with children when i first applied in Saudi and I got several offers from universities so don\’t hold back and send your CV everywhere you can. All the best with job hunting 🙂

      1. Oh my goodness thank you so much for your response. I just managed to read it now. I think I will follow your advice and stay on and complete my MA this year.

  11. Jameela, thank you for the wonderful information! Does one need ESL certificates to teach English there? I have a Masters degree in a public health field but no direct ESL teaching experience other than tutoring. I am from America. Also, how feasible is it to get contracts for myself AND my husband? He has a Master’s in math and is also American. We are Muslim too, by the way, so social norms aren’t much of an issue.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Farida. To answer your questions i\’d say you have a lot working for you already: American + MA + couple. If you want to teach in your fields you\’re OK but if you want to teach English then a CELTA would certainly improve your chances. Beware of online esl certificates those are not recognized here. CELTA is expensive but you\’ll make your money back in no time over here. Let me know if you make a move maybe I can help…

  12. Love your post, its so informative and it has me definitely interested and im quite excited to live and experience their culture

    1. Thank you for your encouragements. As for coming over to Saudi Arabia, now is the time. Things are changing fast around here and Saudi will not always be the financial paradise it is at the moment. Mark my words, salaries are being re-negociated at lower rates as we speak

    1. Hi Tolyn and good question. Education is quite a headache in Jeddah as private and international schools are really quite expensive and nowadays most employers only pay for it if you hold a phd (which is not my case). As an expat, you will be looking at international or private Saudi schools. The first are usually very good but very expensive plus many have a tough selection process and/or waiting lists. Private Saudi schools are just as pricey but the level might not be up to your expectations so i\’d be careful in that respect. In Jeddah, you must also consider location as transport is a real issue for some people and it can add to the expenses. If you need more details feel free to email me. All the best

  13. How difficult it is to buy books in Saudi? Are the bookshops very well stocked like the typical waterstrones or BOrders type place?

    1. Hi Noah, it is fairly easy to buy books in Saudi and they do have big bookstores, the most popular being Jarir Bookstores where you will find a very bog stock of books in English and Arabic (a few other languages too). They have pretty much everything you\’d expect for children and adults, fiction, non fiction, educational, Islamic… One major issue i\’ve had is when trying to buy complete series of books. They seem to have a tendency to only stock a few volumes of the whole series so it can be annoying. Here is their website so you can check out their stock: https://www.jarir.com/sa-en/
      Jarir is not the only one bookstore chain either so i think you\’ll be fine.

  14. jameela, can you please give me an idea of how much a phd holder wishing to lecture in a university gets. I have about ten years experience in teaching biochemistry and pharmacology. jazakillahu khairan in anticipation of your response

    1. Hello there and thank you for your question. It\’s a little hard to give an answer. As you may have read in the post above, universities have their very own salary scale systems and those are not made public. However it is a fact that your nationality (not your Phd) will be the first thing to be looked into when determining a salary package. American and British (and other native English speakers) get top offers, while those who are non native but hold one of the English speaking countries passport also get good salaries. Having a phd and experience will most likely get you a good salary here but i do not know the salary range in your field. Teaching ESL is a slightly different branch of university teaching here. For further details and possibly accurate information may i suggest you check out some Expat forums such as InterNations or Expatblog

  15. Hi!

    I’ve been teaching in China for nearly 6 years and have recently been looking into taking the family and moving to Saudi Arabia. Your article has convinced me to go for it!

    Do you have any recommendations for good schools/universities in JEDDAH? Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Andy

    1. Hello Andy

      and thank you for stopping by. I hope you can turn your idea into a plan. At this point i may not have many advice, i suggest you first look into applying for jobs and if you get some offers, get in touch again and i can help you with the specifics (location, transport to and from major places, schools…).

      In the meantime, here are a few basic advice. If possible, try to get a job with an employer directly as they offer better salary and packages than recruiters. Salaries are fixed by employers so shop around, don\’t accept the first offer. Think carefully when choosing a city in Saudi, the country is big and you\’ll be spending most of your time in the same region, so make sure it offers the facilities you and your family need. Finally while Saudi is a great option to earn and save money, it comes with strings attached, namely a culture and way of life that doesn\’t suit everyone. If you\’re not ready to live by Saudi customs, then you\’re better off applying in the other Gulf countries such as Qatar, the UAE, Oman…

      Feel free to contact me anytime, i\’ll be more than happy to answer any question and to help you through the process if i can.

      All the best for you and your family.

  16. I am in a little corner of Asia and I pull in 40,000 Saudi currency per month. With my end of contact bonus my tax rate is 8%. Expenses under 10000 per month. I have a pool and Gym in my building too. You don’t have to be in Saudi to earn big. I have a PGCE and Masters in TESOL.
    Plus, plenty of cinemas, bars, etc on my doorstep. I think the salaries in Saudi have been stagnant since the seventies. Still not too bad but not that great if you are qualified with over ten years experience. G

    1. huh? 40,000 riyals per month? then you are earning eight thousand English pounds a month. bullshit, unless you are the Dean lol….maybe i didnt understand.

      1. Yes that\’s it you didn\’t understand and maybe you can\’t read either. Always nice to have ignorant people come in just so they can spit venom without bothering to get their facts right.

    1. After 5 years, if they haven\’t lived a life of luxury then they probably have a nice little staff of cash tucked away. As for living in Saudi, it is definitely not as hard as you would think. I plan to write many more posts about our life in Jeddah to share my experience here. Most of the things i read about Saudi before coming here were either wrong or not completely true and the general image is rather negative while in fact many people from all walks of life actually find Saudi very much to their liking.
      To answer your question about the Abaya and Hijab, here again it is more complex than yes or no. It depends on the city you live in. In Jeddah it is best to wear it when you go to town but within the compound you can wear whatever you like. Muslim ladies wear Hijab, non muslims don\’t have to, although many chose to do so anyway. The face veil (niqab) is not compulsory. Saudi women wear it, some muslim expats do too, non muslim expat ladies don\’t and are not required to. In my university, female teachers wear whatever they like in the classroom. Hope that helps answer your question. I\’ll be writing about all those aspects of Saudi Expat Life soon…

    1. Hi Charlie and thank you for your comment. Yes Saudi also hires primary and secondary teachers but nowhere near the scale of university teachers. Salaries would definitely be lower too not to mention that to teach younger children you will need knowledge of Arabic (which is not required at university level). Hope that answers your question, feel free to contact me if you want to know more.

    1. Exactly and if you ever need some inside info on Saudi i\’ll be happy to help you inshallah. I read your post a while back on learning Urdu, it\’s clear you\’ve found your happy place in Pakistan. I wish you all the best there 🙂

      1. Hi
        I have been offered a role at a university in Saudi and I have declined the offer as I believe the salary is too low and it is through an agency

        I would like someones opinion/advice in regards to teaching in Saudi. I have a B.A which I did partially by distance learning and when I graduated, they registered me as a distance learning student and I know saudi doesn’t recognise distance learning degrees however I have nearly completed my Masters in teaching English which is classroom based and delivered face to face. would this be accepted instead of the B.A or is the B.A a must have ?

        if someone would let me know please, would really appreciate it

        regards

        Adam

        1. There is no doubt that applying with a BA only (and one obtained partly online) is not a god idea. You will either be turned down or offered an insanely low package. Complete your MA, this is your entryway to Saudi. Then on your CV try to minimize the fact that your BA is half-online. Or better still, try to talk to your service provider to see if you could get a hard copy of your diploma that doesn\’t mention \”online\” then apply again. Finally don\’t forget that salary packages are calculated first and foremost based on your nationality/passport, with US (number 1) and UK (number 2) passports offering you the highest salaries. Other English-speaking nationalities will also be easily accepted. If you are a non-native, still apply you can get a job but the salary package WILL be smaller. Ill be happy to help you further, send me an email if you think I can assist you more. Good luck with the ob hunting 🙂

    1. LOL glad to see my maths skills convinced you, i\’ve never been any good teaching maths… looks like i\’m getting better. It\’s all a matter of perspective isn\’t it? Anyway if you\’re serious about signing up, send me a private email and i can try to point you in the right direction.

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