With a surge in population across the region in the coming years, teachers and the other general administration staff in the education sector will be in high demand in the GCC.
As it stands, there is already a massive shortage of teachers in the region, primarily due to GCC nationals preferring to work in highly paid public sector jobs, rather than teaching.
According to Marmore MENA Intelligence’s latest report entitled “Is education still a good business in the GCC?” the GCC faces challenges in recruiting highly qualified teachers.
And growing demand for teachers at international schools in the UAE of at least 14,000 over the next five years and in Saudi Arabia of 183,600 by 2030 will pose further problems.
MR Raghu, managing director of Marmore Mena Intelligence, told Khaleej Times that a shortage of qualified staff is still a challenge faced by many institutions in the UAE.
Private players need to offer salaries above the global average to attract quality staff. Over the period of next three years, about 10,000 staff are expected to be recruited.
“Despite the projected entry of more players into the education sector, the demand is also expected to grow in the coming years. Thereby, the tuition fee is highly unlikely to decrease and is expected to grow at the existing rate,” he reportedly said.
“We expect the number of UAE private schools to grow by 5% in 2018 compared to the current year as enrollment is expected to rise.”