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question about teachers wages

Postby Lauren... » Thu, 14 May 2009 10:42 pm

Hi,

I have just received a job offer teaching in Singapore - for the MOE. My monthly salary would be around S$3,400 is this okay to live on in Singapore with no dependents? On average how much would rent be for a one bedroom flat, i'm not sure on areas yet!

Thanks in advance for your help,

Lauren

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Postby jpatokal » Fri, 15 May 2009 12:29 am

Quite frankly, that's a pretty bad salary. It's survivable if you're single, but you'll be putting at least half of that into rent (unless you share), so is it worth moving over?
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Postby Stoven » Fri, 15 May 2009 11:11 am

Lauren,

What is your background? Do you have any teaching experience? College graduates start out at S$2,600 with no experience so your offer is decent.

What process did you go through to get the job offer? Are you currently in Singapore? I'm asking since I have also applied at the MOE. I submitted my application online and emailed my education documents and am still waiting on a response. I'm in the US still but am hoping to find a job before I move in a couple months.


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Postby Luci@ » Fri, 15 May 2009 11:47 am

Hi Stoven!


I find the topic interesting. I am currently doing a PhD in Psychology in the US and would like to find out about applying for jobs as a professor in Singapore. I have a couple of years to go and would like to get prepared. I am involved in research and would liked to pursue this as my career, but would also consider teaching.

How did you get started?

Thanks!

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Postby Stoven » Fri, 15 May 2009 1:37 pm

Luci,

I applied through the MOE website but I have Singapore PR status. I think MOE is only good for primary, secondary, and JC. Since you will have your phD you probably would prefer to teach at a University which you have to apply to directly.

I only have my Masters so I think I can only teach up to JC or Poly. If you want to teach at a Poly you have to apply to them directly too.

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Postby Lauren... » Fri, 15 May 2009 2:59 pm

Hi Steve,

I am not yet in Singapore - just waiting for a departure date etc. I have a MA and have been teaching for 2 1/2 years as a qualified secondary school teacher. That sounds reasonable then!

I applied online too, and then heard back a month and a half later, and went to an interview etc... Good luck with your application.

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Postby irvine » Wed, 03 Jun 2009 11:52 am

Lauren, last I asked.. a one bedroom flat is going for at least $1200. However, a room (sharing the flat with others) would be about 400-700 depending on where the location is. Of course, there may be cheaper options.

Are you accepting the job offer? If yes, when are you moving here?

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Postby Lauren... » Sat, 06 Jun 2009 7:11 pm

Thank you, that is really useful. I did accept the job and will move out in late August, very much looking forward to it now!

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Postby ksl » Sat, 06 Jun 2009 11:09 pm

Lauren... wrote:Thank you, that is really useful. I did accept the job and will move out in late August, very much looking forward to it now!


Private English tuition starts around the 4 plus for 20 hrs the rest is prep time. so i would say your offer is normal and mostly all teachers come on local wages anyway, if you are lucky you maybe able to negotiate a flight home once a year, getting your foot in the door is maybe the best policy. The government is trying hard to improve the English it will will take generations.

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