Teaching Jobs in Malaysia

If you want a teaching career in an exotic multicultural country with excellent travel opportunities and endless selection of food from diverse cultures than teaching in Malaysia is the perfect choice for you.

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As a UK teacher, you'll find British International Schools very easy to transfer to. English will be the main language, many of the staff will be from the UK,

Head of Key Stage 2

Tenby International School - Setia Ecohill,
South East Asia, Malaysia

An Opportunity in Malaysia Awaits You

The TENBY SCHOOLS GROUP operates international and...

Start Date: 01-01-2019 Apply By: 17-12-2018


English Teacher

Tenby Schools Ipoh,
South East Asia, Malaysia

An Opportunity in Malaysia Awaits You
Tenby Schools Ipoh was established i...

Start Date: 07-01-2019 Apply By: 31-12-2018


HOD of English

Tenby Schools Ipoh,
South East Asia, Malaysia

An Opportunity in Malaysia Awaits You
Tenby Schools Ipoh was established i...

Start Date: 05-08-2019 Apply By: 31-03-2019


Humanities Teacher - Kuala Lumpur


South East Asia, Malaysia

Are you seeking a Teaching job in Malaysia?

Humanities Teacher - Malaysia.

We hav...

Start Date: 18-08-2019 Apply By: 11-01-2019


Primary Teachers


South East Asia, Malaysia

Primary Teaching Jobs in Malaysia - September.

Start Date: 18-08-2019 Apply By: 11-01-2019


English Teacher - Kuala Lumpur


South East Asia, Malaysia

Are you seeking a Teaching job in in the Far East?

We have a great opportunity to Teach G...

Start Date: 18-08-2019 Apply By: 11-01-2019


Mathematics Teacher - Kuala Lumpur


South East Asia, Malaysia

Are you seeking a Teaching job in in the Far East?

Maths Teacher - Malaysia.

We h...

Start Date: 18-08-2019 Apply By: 11-01-2019


Science Teacher


South East Asia, Malaysia

A British International School in Malaysia is looking for a General Science Teacher for September...

Start Date: 18-08-2019 Apply By: 11-01-2019


Music Teacher


South East Asia, Malaysia

Music Teaching Job in Malaysia. An outstanding school in Malaysia who offer the IB and iGCSE curr...

Start Date: 18-08-2019 Apply By: 11-01-2019


Spanish Teacher


South East Asia, Malaysia

An outstanding school in Malaysia who offer the iGCSE curriculum to affluent attentive Malaysian...

Start Date: 18-08-2019 Apply By: 11-01-2019


Year 3 Teacher


South East Asia, Malaysia

Year 3 Teaching Job in Malaysia, September.

An all through 3-18 British International sch...

Start Date: 18-08-2019 Apply By: 11-01-2019


Nursery Teacher


South East Asia, Malaysia

Are you seeking a Nursery Teaching job in Malaysia? This international Nursery has Early Years Ce...

Start Date: 18-08-2019 Apply By: 11-01-2019


Teaching in Malaysia

Malaysia is a federal parliamentary monarchy consisting of thirteen states and three federal territories. The precursor of Malaysia, the Federation of Malaya, achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1957. Six years later, two more former British colonies in Borneo, Sabah and Sarawak, joined the federation to form Malaysia. Malaysia’s head of state is a king chosen from one of the hereditary rulers of nine states on a five-year rotation, while the head of government is an elected Prime Minister. The government and constitution of the country of 31 million is closely modelled after that of Britain and India.

Malaysia is well-known for its rich racial and cultural diversity. The Malays, which accounts for 50.1% of the population, is the largest ethnic group, followed by the Chinese (22.6%) and Indian (6.7%). Islam is the predominant religion in Malaysia (61.3%), but the country is constitutionally secular – although in recent years, the politicians (including government officials) have begun to label Malaysia as an Islamic country.

Aside from Singapore, Malaysia is the most developed country in South East Asia. Its GDP for 2016 is $296 billion, which is just slightly higher than Ireland ($293 billion). The country’s economy is classified as ‘newly industrialized’ owing to its export-intensive manufacturing industry – a remarkable transformation from its agriculture-based economy of the late 80s and early 90s.

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The racial diversity of the country means there are four primary spoken and written languages (Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil) regularly used by Malaysians. As such, a large majority of Malaysians are bilingual, and a significant number are trilingual. Owing to this, the demand for English as a Second Language (ESL) certified-teachers are quite low. The bulk of the job vacancies for foreign teachers are with the several dozen private and international schools scattered mainly all over West Malaysia (Malay Peninsula).

Private and international schools are generally viewed as superior to public schools, owing to the use of either American or British curriculum, smaller class sizes and superior teaching personnel (which is also the reason why a sizable number of wealthy locals send their children there). This is why private schools in the country only hire experienced applicants with strong academic and teaching credentials – and why fresh graduates are rarely hired.

On another note, the cost of living in Malaysia is very low. Dinner and drinks at a food stall or coffee shop will cost you less than £1!

To apply for a teaching position in Malaysia, applicants should ideally possess

  • Bachelor’s degree and above (preferably a Masters)
  • Teaching certification
  • ESL certification (CELTA, CertTESOL, etc.) for English language teachers
  • Background in education or teaching (at least two years, preferably longer)

Important: Culturally, Malaysians are generally not assertive, so don’t come off too aggressively during interviews.

Remuneration of a Foreign Teacher in Malaysia/h2>
  • Salary: £1,300 - £2,800
  • Working Hours: Around 30 hours a week / 7.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., Mondays to Friday (excluding preparatory work and extra-curricular activities, which takes place a couple of afternoons a week)
  • School Year: Early January to late November
  • Benefits: Housing allowance, annual flight tickets and visa sponsorship
  • Pension: 11% contribution to Employees Provident Fund, which receives a government-guaranteed 2.5% minimum annual dividend. The entire amount in your account can be withdrawn if you plan on leaving Malaysia permanently.

Local Culture and Socio-political Climate

Nightclubs, karaoke and miniskirts, among others, are fairly common sights in Malaysia. However, kissing and any form of public nudity will instantly land you in jail. In 2015, Eleanor Hawkins of Derbyshire learned this the hard way. She, along with three others, spent three nights in jail and paid a £860 fine for posing nude on top of a Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South East Asia.

In addition, please refrain from publicly criticising - either verbally or in writing - the King, sultans, Islam or the special privileges of the Malays; the police regularly prosecute offenders using either the Sedition Act or Internal Security Act.

Important: Malaysia has one of the strictest drug laws in the world. The Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 makes capital punishment mandatory for anyone trafficking even 15 grams of heroin or morphine!

Vital Stats

  • Regulatory agencies: The Ministry of Education, Ministry of Manpower, and Immigration Department of Malaysia
  • Cost of Living: 65.47% lower than UK
  • Climate: Malaysia is located almost exactly on the Equator, which means the country enjoys a tropical rainforest climate. So be prepared for high humidity and sudden thunderstorms. It can get pretty warm during the day (28 °C to 32 °C), but on most nights, the temperature is pleasantly cooling.
  • Visa: Britons do not require a visa to enter Malaysia. They can stay for up to 90 days. However, do not commence work until your work permit has been approved. Otherwise, you run the risk of being deported.

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