Serious Teachers USA  31,327 CA  9,781 UK  12,963 AU  3,752 NZ  1,176 Others  50,779
Advertising
Teach in
China
SHENZHEN - Public Schools and Kindergartens!
ENTER
SHENZHEN - Public Schools and Kindergartens! - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
Kindergarten Beijing (15k to 23k + housing)
ENTER
Kindergarten Beijing (15k to 23k + housing) - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
ENGLISH KIDS TEACHER, SUZHOU "PARADISE ON EARTH"
ENTER
ENGLISH KIDS TEACHER, SUZHOU "PARADISE ON EARTH" - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
Advanced Placement Calculus Teacher
ENTER
Advanced Placement Calculus Teacher - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

Brunei
Senior EFL/ESP Trainers
ENTER
Senior EFL/ESP Trainers - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
English teacher wanted in great school
ENTER

China
Certified ESL & Math & Science Teachers
ENTER
Certified ESL & Math & Science Teachers - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
Great English & Science teachers wanted in Xiamen
ENTER
Great English & Science teachers wanted in Xiamen - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
Public School Economics/Maths Teaching in Jiangsu
ENTER

China
Primary and Secondary Teaching Jobs
ENTER
Primary and Secondary Teaching Jobs - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

ONLINE*
Teach From Home - NOT JUST ESL ($18 - $25)
ENTER
Teach From Home - NOT JUST ESL ($18 - $25) - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

Vietnam
ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER
ENTER
ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
High-Paying Positions - Many Cities - All Ages
ENTER
High-Paying Positions - Many Cities - All Ages - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

Saudi Arabia
English Teacher
ENTER
English Teacher - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
(IB K-12) International School Positions
ENTER
(IB K-12) International School Positions - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

Brunei
EFL/ESP Specialist
ENTER
EFL/ESP Specialist - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

ONLINE*
Online English Language Teacher
ENTER
Online English Language Teacher - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
Beijing needs you! ESL Teachers wanted
ENTER
Beijing needs you! ESL Teachers wanted - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
Natives English teachers needed around China
ENTER
Natives English teachers needed around China - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
Public High School Maths Teaching in Jiangsu
ENTER

China
Brand new openings all across china.APPLY NOW!
ENTER
Brand new openings all across china.APPLY NOW! - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
Teaching English from primary to high school
ENTER
Teaching English from primary to high school - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
WonderTree Kindergarten, Beijing
ENTER
WonderTree Kindergarten, Beijing - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
Native and non Native English speakers
ENTER
Native and non Native English speakers - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
No Experience? No Problem! Immediate Starts!!!
ENTER
No Experience? No Problem! Immediate Starts!!! - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
High Salary teacher jobs in China!
ENTER
High Salary teacher jobs  in China! - SeriousTeachers.com Responsive image

China
Welcome Certified Teachers
ENTER

China
Top Public High School Economics Teaching Position
ENTER

(Moderator: Alison Davies)
add a new topic

Back to Forum
Created by Seraphina Anderson: Jul 29, 2015 3 replies
Contracts for the Middle East
Teachers applying for jobs in the Middle East should know that they may well be asked to sign a 'contract' in their home country and email it. THIS IS NOT WORTH THE PAPER IT'S WRITTEN ON.

The only contract that is valid is one signed in the Middle East and in Arabic. Your contract may well be in both English and Arabic, but without the Arabic, it is not accepted in the courts. Therefore, you have no rights!

There are some companies who will ask you to 'sign' BEFORE they interview you. You should not need me to tell you that this is not professional! But for the younger teachers with less experiences of practices in the Middle East, be vigilant!


add a thread

Ahmed Ali: Dec, 23, 15
Is there any harm in signing the contracts before going to the country in which you will be working .
Seraphina Anderson: Jan, 8, 16
There's no harm in it, but don't give you your job based on it as it is NOT a contract. There are exceptions. If your employer is a UK company and NOT the university, then you will be more or less safe. However, be sure that any company will DUMP you if there's the slightest problem in paperwork before you start.
I don't there was much doubt in my post. Caveat emptor!
Tim Spencer: Jan, 17, 16
Signing any form of pre-employment contract is at best a waste of time, at worst a dangerous commitment to make. In all seriousness anything other than a formal job offer - for a specific position, salary etc. - is something to avoid.
Additionally I recommend that you avoid any circumstance when your employer insists on holding your passport. I had an experience of this and it is very unsettling to be nearing the end of a "trial" period and still not have your passport available. In this case the passport was returned just a day after my employment was terminated for non-compliance with a sudden, short-notice implementation of an "all black" dress code. The notice was issued two days before I was "fired".