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Employment in Malaysia

ď śBefore you can start working in Malaysia, you need to be granted expat status. status The country has a dedicated Expat Committee,, which deals with questions q of expat employment. preliminary y requirements q ď śThere are two p which must be fulfilled by prospective expats before they can start working in M l Malaysia: i a minimum i i salary l off RM 5000, 5000 and a minimum period of employment of 2 years. years

On top of that, only people who fall into one of the following categories qualify for working in Malaysia as an expat: Key post: You occupy a top managerial position in the company in question. Executive post: You hold a middle management post and have relevant professional experience and academic qualifications.

ď śNon-executive post: You are highly skilled thanks to your technical know knowhow and are thus indispensable for the company. p y This is normally y the case for English teachers. For an updated list of English teaching jobs in Malaysia, please visit TeacherGig.

ď śESL Jobs in Malaysia ď śAlthough the demand for English teachers is not as high as in Japan, Korea and China China, there are opportunities, opportunities especially if you are willing to go that extra y yard to secure a position. p Many y people simply travel to Malaysia and begin looking for work after they arrive.

ď śJobs are advertised all year round in local newspapers but it it’s s quite acceptable to walk in off the street and approach schools directly. y Be sure to dress smartly; men should wear formal pants, shirt and tie, although a jacket is not necessary. You should also carry several copies of your resume.

ď śJob requirements are a little more demanding in Malaysia than in most other Asian countries. In addition to a 1st degree, g , you y will need to have a recognized TESOL qualification and at least two years English teaching experience. Greater experience and a post-graduate degree in either TESOL or linguistics will likely be necessary to secure more competitive positions.

ď śWork visa requirements also mean that prospective teachers must be at least 26 years of age and many schools will be reluctant to hire those over the age g of 50 unless they are already working in Malaysia. For new English teaching jobs in Malaysia, click here.

ď śIn most teaching establishments, your work schedule will be around 30 30-35 35 hours per week. For public schools, the education system y is highly g y centralized. Local authorities have very little input into curriculum design and classes are geared towards passing standardized examinations.

ď śForeign English teachers will largely be responsible for conversational classes although you may be asked to participate in other classes,, such as sport, p , drama and music, particularly if you have an interest in these areas.

ď śAlthough most teaching jobs are to be found in and around Kuala Lumpur Lumpur, it is likely that you will have plenty of opportunity pp y to explore p other parts p of the country while you are there. With long coastlines and a multitude of islands, there are great opportunities for f those who enjoy water-sports, particularly scuba diving scuba-diving.

ď śFor those with some background in teaching and basic TESOL qualifications, qualifications Malaysia is a choice destination, offering a vibrant lifestyle y and an exotic cultural experience.

Teaching jobs in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia is already home to some 60 60,000 000 expatriates – many of whom herald from the United Kingdom originally – and because employment opportunities are relatively y plentiful, p the cost of living g low and the standard of living high, living and working in Malaysia is now a popular choice h i ffor internationally i t ti ll minded i d d individuals.

ď śUnemployment in Malaysia is currently low running at 3 low, 3.6% 6% (2005 est.) est ) which means that there are currently no restrictions on foreign g workers seeking g employment in Malaysia. Once an application has been made for a job in Malaysia it’s normal for f a potentially suitable candidate to travel to the country for an interview. interview

Working as a teacher in Malaysia is quite common A successful candidate will then common. be granted an Employment Pass or Professional Pass by y their employer p y which will give them the right to residency in Malaysia.  A travelling spouse and children will then require Dependent’s Passes.

ď ś And finally in terms of Malaysian taxation – the country has many double taxation agreements in place which means that there is little risk an expatriate will have to pay tax twice - employment income is taxed on a sliding scale with the top rate of tax just 28% 28%, and if an individual decides to own property in Malaysia they will face stamp duty of between 1.5 and 1.75% and capitals gains tax of between 0% and 30% depending on how long they hold their property for before reselling it. Teaching jobs in Malaysia.

Teaching English in Malaysia English teachers are in high demand in Malaysia. I very much doubt that you will be able to secure a job before you get here, although some schools advertise on the Web. Malaysian employers will want to put you through a full interview and then consider carefully before employing you.

ď śThere is quite a variation in the salaries offered for English teachers. teachers International schools are the best paymasters. p y Colleges g and universities are surprisingly not the top payers. For teaching jobs in Malaysia please go to TeacherGig. ď śJobs here will give you good experience as you are lik likely l to t be b teaching t hi foreign f i students as well as Malaysians and most centers have computer labs and modern facilities.

ď śThe capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur, or KL KL, and this is basically where the teaching jobs are. KL is a modern city with skyscrapers, y p , modern highways, g y , shopping malls galore and plenty in the way of entertainment. However, it is still a developing city, so it has its share off slums and all the problems associated with a developing city: overcrowded buses, poor service in some shops, and a whole host of things that don don’tt work properly.

ď śEnglish is widely spoken, sometimes well, sometimes badly. badly There are four daily English newspapers, three or four TV channels that feature mainly y English g programs, and plenty of English radio stations. ď śMalaysians prefer to use British English, so Americans may have to adapt accordingly.

ď śIf you work as a teacher in Malaysia you will probably have to work hard, hard but you will be exposed to all kinds of different cultures. On weekends,, you y can travel around the country and visit the islands. You can get to Singapore and Thailand easily by bus, train, or plane.

Language is not a problem. Basically, you can experience a whole new world without giving up the “Western” comforts that we are so used to. Find teaching jobs in Kuala Lumpur here: 

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