80% Increase In January Applications For Jobs Teaching AbroadBy esljoblinks I 0 comment
The world’s leading international teacher recruitment agency, Teach Away, saw a significant rise in applications last month from teachers eager to live and teach abroad.
Throughout January 2014, Teach Away processed over 7,000 applications from native-English teachers – more than an 80% increase from the number of candidates competing for teaching jobs overseas in January 2012.
These figures continue to reflect the developing trend of North American teachers pursuing positions abroad. Overall applications received per year by Teach Away were up by 40% in 2013. Applications from Americans rose by 35% and Canadian applications were also up by over a third last year.
It is thought that the main reason behind rising applications is that teachers are finding it increasingly difficult to land teaching jobs at home. Growing numbers of American and Canadian teachers are attracted to regions such as the Middle East and Asia by initiatives offering generous employment packages, including competitive tax-free salaries, private healthcare and family accommodation, coupled with the promise of working in an innovative classroom environment.
Newly qualified teachers are finding the job market especially tough, which may explain why the number of applicants under age 25 has more than doubled since 2012. In comparison, many schools overseas welcome applicants with little or no teaching experience, while providing high levels of support.