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Title: Prioritisation of factors influencing teachers' job satisfaction in the UAE

Authors: Hareb Eisa Alkhyeli; Anne Van Ewijk

Addresses: College of Business Administration, Abu Dhabi University (ADU), P.O. Box 59911, Abu Dhabi, UAE ' College of Business Administration, Abu Dhabi University (ADU), P.O. Box 59911, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Abstract: This study is the first to include four main factors with proven influence on teachers' job satisfaction in a comprehensive model for the UAE: motivation, school leadership style, job characteristics, and cultural intelligence (CQ). The objectives of this empirical study are (a) to provide an overview of the 20 sub-factors associated with each main factor, (b) to determine the preferences and priority that UAE private school teachers attribute to the four main factors of job satisfaction and their 20 sub-factors, and (c) to summarise these findings into a new analytical hierarchical model. An analytic hierarchy process (AHP) method has been chosen to resolve this multi-criteria decision-making dilemma to construct a comprehensive model. 'Recognition', 'pay', and 'autonomy' scored as the teachers' highest concerns. Focusing on these aspects should, therefore, be a priority for private school management in order to decrease teacher turnover.

Keywords: education; teacher; turnover; job satisfaction; AHP; analytic hierarchy process; UAE; United Arab Emirates.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2018.088369

International Journal of Management in Education, 2018 Vol.12 No.1, pp.1 - 24

Available online: 01 Nov 2017 *

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