Vast majority of Irish teachers in Gulf say quality of life is better


An overwhelming majority of Irish teachers based in the United Arab Emirates say the quality of life is better and would recommend a career there, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The online poll of more than 1,000 teachers based in the Gulf also indicates that salaries, pay inequality for new entrants, housing costs and a lack of permanent teaching posts are among the main barriers to returning home.

Despite this, about half say they plan to return to Ireland to teach within the next three years or so. Ten per cent said they would not return.

The survey results come as Minister for Education Joe McHugh arrives in the Gulf as part of a two-day “fact-finding” mission, which includes gathering teachers’ views on measures to make it easier to return home.

School management bodies say there is a “crisis” in teacher supply with acute shortages of cover at primary level and a lack of teachers in key subjects at second level.

It is estimated that there are about 2,000 qualified Irish teachers based in the Gulf. Many teachers based there receive tax-free salaries of between €30,000 to €60,000, along with free annual flights home, medical insurance and free or heavily subsidised housing.

The Department of Foreign Affairs poll shows most Irish teachers based in the Gulf are female, aged between 25 and 34 and do not have children.



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