Recruitment Challenges for International Schools in Malaysia


  • Sok Yee Leong School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia
  • Hamdan Said School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia



Recruitment, International school, Administrators, Challenges, Solution


There is a critical need for international schools to attract and retain quality teaching staff to ensure the quality of learning for the students and maintain their competitiveness within a dynamic market. This paper reports the findings of a study that investigates teacher recruitment challenges in international schools in Malaysia. A series of semi-structured interviews involving four management personnel from a sample of international schools revealed six recruitment challenges and five solutions highlighted by the participants to respond to these challenges. Such identification of the challenges and solutions would enable administrators to plan for the talent pipeline of their institutions and prepare for unknown disruptions that might occur in the future. This study offered empirical proof of the administration's difficulties during the hiring process and their solutions. Researchers and human resource managers or practitioners facing comparable recruitment challenges can apply these solutions to entice the top candidates.


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How to Cite

Leong, S. Y., & Said, H. (2023). Recruitment Challenges for International Schools in Malaysia. EDUCATUM Journal of Social Sciences, 9(1), 74–84.