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									Employment in Malaysia
Before you can start working in Malaysia,
 you need to be granted expat status. The
 country has a dedicated Expat
 Committee, which deals with questions of
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 expat employment.
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There are two preliminary requirements
 which must be fulfilled by prospective
 expats before they can start working in
 Malaysia: a minimum salary of RM 5000,
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 and a minimum period of employment of
 2 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
Non-executive post: You are highly
 skilled thanks to your technical know-
 how and are thus indispensable for the
 company. This is normally the case for
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 English teachers. For an updated list of
 English teaching jobs in Malaysia, please
 visit TeacherGig.
ESL Jobs in Malaysia
Although the demand for English
 teachers is not as high as in Japan, Korea
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 and China there are opportunities,
 especially if you are willing to go that
 extra yard to secure a position. Many
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 people simply travel to Malaysia and
 begin looking for work after they arrive.
Jobs are advertised all year round in local
 newspapers but it s quite acceptable to
 walk in off the street and approach
 schools directly. 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.
Job requirements are a little more
 demanding in Malaysia than in most
 other Asian countries. In addition to a 1st
 degree, you will need to have a
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 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.
Work 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 of 50
 unless they are already working in
 Malaysia. For new English teaching jobs
 in Malaysia, click here.
In most teaching establishments, your
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 work schedule will be around 30-35
 hours per week. For public schools, the
 education system is highly centralized.
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 Local authorities have very little input
 into curriculum design and classes are
 geared towards passing standardized
Foreign English teachers will largely be
 responsible for conversational classes
 although you may be asked to participate
 in other classes, such as sport, drama
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 and music, particularly if you have an
 interest in these areas.
Although most teaching jobs are to be
 found in and around Kuala Lumpur it is
 likely that you will have plenty of
 opportunity to explore other parts of the
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 country while you are there. With long
 coastlines and a multitude of islands,
 there are great opportunities f those
 who enjoy water-sports, particularly
 scuba diving
For those with some background in
 teaching and basic TESOL qualifications
 Malaysia is a choice destination, offering
 a vibrant lifestyle and an exotic cultural
Teaching jobs in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia is already home to some 60 00060,000
 expatriates – many of whom herald from
 the United Kingdom originally – and
 because employment opportunities are
 relatively plentiful, the cost of living low
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 and the standard of living high, living and
 working in Malaysia is now a popular
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 choice f internationally minded
Unemployment in Malaysia is currently
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 low running at 3 6% (2005 est.) which
 means that there are currently no
 restrictions on foreign workers seeking
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 employment in Malaysia. Once an
 application has been made for a job in
 Malaysia it’s normal f a potentially
 suitable candidate to travel to the
 country for an interview
Working as a teacher in Malaysia is quite
 common A successful candidate will then
 be granted an Employment Pass or
 Professional Pass by their employer
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 which will give them the right to
 residency in Malaysia.

 A travelling spouse and children will then
 require Dependent’s Passes.
 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% 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
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.
There is quite a variation in the salaries
 offered for English teachers
 International schools are the best
 paymasters. Colleges and universities are
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 surprisingly not the top payers. For
 teaching jobs in Malaysia please go
 to TeacherGig.
Jobs here will give you good experience
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 as you are lik l to be teaching foreign
 students as well as Malaysians and most
 centers have computer labs and modern
The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur,
 or KL and this is basically where the
 teaching jobs are. KL is a modern city
 with skyscrapers, modern highways,
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 shopping malls galore and plenty in the
 way of entertainment. However, it is still
 a developing city, so it has its share of
 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 t work
English is widely spoken, sometimes well,
 sometimes badly. There are four daily
 English newspapers, three or four TV
 channels that feature mainly English
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 programs, and plenty of English radio

Malaysians prefer to use British English,
 so Americans may have to adapt
If you work as a teacher in Malaysia you
 will probably have to work hard, but you
 will be exposed to all kinds of different
 cultures. On weekends, you 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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