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7 Reasons to teach English in Singapore as a native speaker

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6th Feb 2023 Life

7 Reasons to teach English in Singapore as a native speaker
Many brits are currently flocking abroad to teach English as a foreign language. And Singapore is one of the first names on their minds.
To back this up, a recent report revealed that an estimated 250,000 native English speakers work as English teachers abroad in more than 40,000 schools and language institutes worldwide.
So, what are you waiting for as a native speaker? The time is now to join the train and make some cool cash teaching your native language.
Of course, I understand some people would have reservations about going to certain countries and all of that. Well, that's why I'm recommending Singapore in this post.
In the next few frames, I'll highlight a bundle of reasons Singapore makes the most sense.

7 Reasons to teach English in Singapore as a native speaker

1. The salary band is above average

If you want to earn a top-end salary as an English teacher, there’s no better place than Singapore. Currently, English teachers in Singapore earn far more than their counterparts in other parts of Asia.
On average, an English teacher in Singapore walks home with around $2,700 to $3,500 per month. This is at least 20-30% more than teachers in other countries earn.
So, if money is your biggest motivation, there’s no looking past Singapore.

2. Lots of perks and benefits

Employers in Singapore understand the allure of native-speaking English teachers. As such, many are more than happy to provide teachers with extra perks such as free/discounted housing, transportation bonuses, paid time off, and so much more.
If you do your due diligence, you'll find many such opportunities in international schools, teaching academies, private establishments, etc.
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3. Impressive teacher-to-student ratio

No teacher wants to deal with an overwhelming workload that breaks them down. Given a chance, every teacher would choose a low teacher-to-student ratio above a higher pay. That’s how important class numbers are.
Sadly, in the West, there's a growing concern about the number of students each teacher must deal with. In fact, this has led to many teachers leaving the West for better conditions in other parts of the world.
Luckily, class sizes have begun to reduce over the years in Singapore. In fact, currently, the student-to-teacher ratio in the city-state stands at 12.1 per teacher. That's an average of 25% less than we have in the UK, with a 15.9 student-to-teacher ratio.
Below is a graphic showing the sharp drop in the student-to-teacher ratio in Singapore over the years.
Image of a graph showing student to teacher ratio at schools in Singapore

4. Very low tax rates

Unlike many countries in the West, you won’t be losing a large chunk of your income to taxes here. Singapore has a relatively fair tax system that takes into consideration your income band. So, if you’re a teacher in a primary school, you can expect to pay a lesser tax (around 7%) than someone teaching in a secondary school (around 11.5%).
In all, the city-state allows you to make the most of your earnings. 

5. Lots of extra-income opportunities

The Singaporean society is heavily reliant on the English language. In fact, English is an official language in this part of the world, and it's widely expected of everyone in government, business, and other parts of society at large to speak it.
As such, parents are always looking for tutors and mentors for their kids. If you're quite good at what you do, you can expect to earn more from extra lessons offline and online, as many parents would happily pay for extra hours to teach their kids.

6. Modern city standards

People from Britain and other European countries are always concerned about the state of society of any country they're moving to. And that's quite understandable.
The good news is Singapore is one of the most developed countries in the world. The HDI index shows Singapore was ranked the 15th most developed country in 2020.
So, as far as the state of society goes, you have nothing to worry about. Singapore will match – or beat – whatever country you're coming from.

7. Unrivalled standard of living

Singapore is currently nicknamed a smart city, and that's because of the way the city-state constantly harnesses technology and big data to improve its residents' standards of living.
The city-state uses information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve its residents' quality of life and welfare.
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