Why Working in Saudi Arabia is the Best Move for You.
Maybe some people wonder why on earth anyone would want to teach in Saudi Arabia. If you too are wondering, then read on you may be surprised by what this country has to offer to expats, especially ESL teachers.
The Nb 1 reason why muslim expats want to be working in Saudi Arabia is obviously the attraction of the cities of Mecca (for the Hajj – pilgrimage) and Medinah but many non muslims from diverse walks of life and cultural backgrounds flock to Saudi for 1 or 2 years contracts and this is one of the reasons why.
Very few countries can compete with the very high salaries offered to teachers in Saudi, not only your base salary will be much higher than anywhere else in the world, but it also comes with:
* Tax free
* free housing + bills
* Medical Insurance
* free daily commute to work
* from 30 days paid holidays
* Free return air tickets from country of origin
* + other perks such as settling in allowance, children’s school fees… can be negotiated
Plain and simple: this means that when working in Saudi Arabia, what you earn is what you keep. No nasty taxes, complicated deductions and other traps for your hard earned salary.
Plus, English teachers from abroad who are working in Saudi Arabia often find that they are respected as such, very well regarded in the community and this makes for a very pleasant work environment. Other sectors with high hiring demands are obviously the Oil and Petroleum industries but i don’t know much about those.
Basically Saudi is the ideal option for people looking to save a lot of money fast, all the while living comfortably as well as experiencing a rich culture. I could tell you many stories but i’ll just recommend a brilliant post on the subject written by the excellent Rashad Pharaon over at Banker in the Sun.
Saudi is not for everyone though: you must be prepared to deal with:
- very conservatives laws, extremely tough penalties
- a strict enforcement of Islamic principles: no alcohol, no pork products
- some practices that will take getting used to
- a work culture that IS different from what you may be used to
It’s never a good idea to move abroad for money only… imagine finding yourself all alone in a country like Saudi and being miserable? No money in the world should mean that much to you.
Working in saudi Arabia – Something to think about seriously
If you’ve never considered Saudi before, my advice is to look into it before discarding it straight away. Don’t be put off by what you see and hear in the media just find out by yourself what other expats have to say about it.
If you did think about it before, I suggest you do some quick math focusing on what you could save every month. Look how fast you could be debt free, buy that new car or build the house of your dream… Working in Saudi Arabia could be the key to unlock a brighter future.
Have you considered Saudi to teach English? I moved to Saudi in 2015 and i got loads of inside tips and advice if you need them. Just email me and i’ll be happy to help.