Review of Education Experts (EdEx) Recruitment
Location: Riyadh, Head Office (Males only) and Women's Office
This is information that I would like to pass on to any teachers thinking about working in Saudi Arabia. Even though the salary looks good and also you do not pay taxes on your salary there are many things that you need to understand when living and working in Saudi Arabia under a recruitment company. Understand that the men are in control of how everything is run in Saudi Arabia.
There have been times when teachers were picked up from the airport and taken to the Head office. My experience, along with many of my colleagues, was not being met at the airport and ended up being helped by others. Do not expect to be picked up from the airport even if you are told that someone will be there especially on Thursday and Friday (weekend).
If you are asked to arrive in July do not as that is when Ramadan is. The shops are closed during the day so you will not get anything to eat until the evening if you get stranded. The best time to arrive is in August when Ramadan is finished.
You need to go to the Head office to sign another copy of the contract (I do not know why), get an advance (recommended), sort out where they are hiring you out to and the place you will be living in (you could spend up to 3 hrs there, take a book wish I had). Be warned do not stay in the accommodation that you are given by EdEx, they have tendency to move you around with no prior warning and their choice of accommodation is not very good.
Go out and find your own accommodation which can be walking distance from you place of work, you will get housing and transport allowance for it.
EdEx do not do things professionally. If you are trying to find out information about a discrepancy in your salary or finding out about when you are getting your passport back after having sent it to them the previous month to renew you Work Visa, do not expect any reply back from them.
Do not expect to get your pay on time as they always have some sort of excuse for it. It does not matter which university you work for you are paid by EdEx. The money that you get paid comes from the King of Saudi Arabia who is trying to give his people an education. The university gets the money and passes it on to EdEx who in turn distributes it to the teachers.
The third renewal you are sent to Jordan and expected to pay for your stay which could be up to two weeks and costing nearly $1000. EdEx only pays for 90% of that and then they want you to work as soon as you get back!
If you are told that there are weekly shopping trips, there are none. There are supposed to be excursions but only a few of the teachers are chosen to be emailed about them.
There is no over-time pay unless you work over 25hrs extra.
Do not expect any any increment on your pay if you decide to stay another year even if they do say “You will get an 8% increment if you sign up for a second year”.