Labour market

International education in great demand

The international school market is far bigger than many people realise. Roughly 20% of students in international schools are from expatriate families but the biggest group, and the most rapidly expanding, comes from the wealthy local population.

The number of international schools in the world is rapidly increasing

The demand for English-medium schools (British, American, international and bilingual) is increasing dramatically in many parts of the world. New schools are being opened all the time and it is clear that there is no end in sight for the demand for places in all types of English-medium international schools.

Growth of international school market

Governments increasingly recognize the importance of having a vibrant international schools market and some, like Korea for example, are actively encouraging schools to open.

There are considerable economic advantages and it reduces the need for their own students to study abroad. More and more countries are allowing their nationals to attend these schools. International schools are now big business and there are many well-funded groups buying and building schools. Altogether, the proportion of schools run for profit is increasing significantly.

Great demand for well-qualified teachers in international education

The number of expatriates in international schools continues to grow, particularly in Asia.

But it is the demand by the increasing number of wealthy parents for places at English-medium schools in their own countries that, in many cases, already dominates enrolment and will dominate future growth.