20 of the best online teaching companies

The interest in teaching English online has never been greater. And the great news is that this is matched by an increase in opportunities, with online companies stepping up recruitment to meet the recent spike in student demand.

If you’re fluent in English and looking for a way to make money from home then teaching English online is the ideal option. Whether you’re looking for something part-time to provide additional income or a change of career, there’s such a wide range of opportunities in the world of online education, you’re sure to find something that suits.

Requirements can vary hugely from company to company. Some require teachers to have degrees and a specific accent, others won’t accept non-native English speakers or teachers without experience, so working out if you’re eligible can get a bit confusing. Which is why we thought we’d do the hard work for you!

We’ve gathered together information about salaries, requirements and more for 20 of the major online teaching companies and platforms, so that you can easily spot the best fit for you.

VIPKid

Hourly rate: £11 – £17.50 ($14 – $22)
Degree required: Yes
Lessons provided: Yes
Students: Children and teenagers
Minimum hours per week: 7.5
TEFL qualification required: Yes
Accepts non-native speakers: No
Additional requirements: US/Canadian accent + citizenship

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Palfish

Hourly rate: £8 – £24 ($10 – $30)
Degree required: No
Lessons provided: Yes
Students: All ages, mainly children
Minimum hours per week: 4
TEFL qualification required: Yes
Accepts non-native speakers: Yes
Additional requirements: Native English + degree for Official Kids programme

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EF English First

Hourly rate: £8 – £13.50 ($10 – $17)
Degree required: Yes
Lessons provided: Yes
Students: All ages
Minimum hours per week: None
TEFL qualification required: Preferred
Accepts non-native speakers: No
Additional requirements: UK/US citizenship

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Dada

Hourly rate: £12 – £20 ($15 – $25)
Degree required: Yes
Lessons provided: Yes
Students: Children and teenagers
Minimum hours per week: 4
TEFL qualification required: Yes
Accepts non-native speakers: No
Additional requirements: 1 year teaching experience

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Preply*

Hourly rate: £4 – £16 ($5 – $20)
Degree required: No
Lessons provided: No
Students: All ages
Minimum hours per week: 5
TEFL qualification required: Preferred
Accepts non-native speakers: Yes
Additional requirements: None

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SayABC

Hourly rate: £12 – £22.50 ($15 – $28)
Degree required: Yes
Lessons provided: Yes
Students: Children and teenagers
Minimum hours per week: None
TEFL qualification required: Preferred
Accepts non-native speakers: No
Additional requirements: None

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Cambly

Hourly rate: £8 ($10)
Degree required: No
Lessons provided: No
Students: All ages
Minimum hours per week: None
TEFL qualification required: No
Accepts non-native speakers: Yes
Additional requirements: None

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QKids

Hourly rate: £13 – £16 ($16 – $20)
Degree required: Yes
Lessons provided: Yes
Students: Children and teenagers
Minimum hours per week: 6
TEFL qualification required: Preferred
Accepts non-native speakers: No
Additional requirements: US/Canadian citizenship, 2 years’ teaching experience

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Landi

Hourly rate: £13 – £18.50 ($16 – $23)
Degree required: Yes
Lessons provided: Yes
Students: Children and teenagers
Minimum hours per week: 10
TEFL qualification required: Preferred
Accepts non-native speakers: No
Additional requirements: US/UK/Canadian citizens preferred

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iTutorGroup

Hourly rate: £4 – £19.50 ($5 – $24)
Degree required: Yes
Lessons provided: Yes
Students: All ages
Minimum hours per week: 10
TEFL qualification required: Yes
Accepts non-native speakers: Yes
Additional requirements: Teaching experience preferred

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Open English

Hourly rate: £10.50 – £12 ($13 – $15)
Degree required: No
Lessons provided: Yes
Students: Teenagers and adults
Minimum hours per week: 10
TEFL qualification required: Preferred
Accepts non-native speakers: No
Additional requirements: Previous teaching experience, Spanish/Portuguese skills preferred

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Skima Talk*

Hourly rate: £8 – £13 ($10 – $16)
Degree required: No
Lessons provided: No
Students: Teenagers and adults
Minimum hours per week: 15
TEFL qualification required: Preferred
Accepts non-native speakers: No
Additional requirements: None

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Verbling*

Hourly rate: £14.50 – £22.50 ($18 – $28)
Degree required: No
Lessons provided: No
Students: All ages
Minimum hours per week: 5
TEFL qualification required: Preferred
Accepts non-native speakers: No
Additional requirements: Previous teaching experience

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Lingoda

Hourly rate: £6.50 – £10.50 ($8 – $13)
Degree required: Yes
Lessons provided: Yes
Students: Adults
Minimum hours per week: 5
TEFL qualification required: Yes
Accepts non-native speakers: No
Additional requirements: 2 years’ teaching experience

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Whales English

Hourly rate: £14.50 – £21 ($18 – $26)
Degree required: Yes
Lessons provided: Yes
Students: Children and teenagers
Minimum hours per week: 8
TEFL qualification required: Yes
Accepts non-native speakers: No
Additional requirements: Experience teaching children

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Magic Ears

Hourly rate: £16 – £21 ($20 – $26)
Degree required: Yes
Lessons provided: Yes
Students: Children and teenagers
Minimum hours per week: 1.5
TEFL qualification required: Preferred
Accepts non-native speakers: No
Additional requirements: US/Canadian citizenship

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Learnlight

Hourly rate: £7 – £9 ($9 – $11)
Degree required: No
Lessons provided: No
Students: All ages
Minimum hours per week: 10
TEFL qualification required: Preferred
Accepts non-native speakers: Yes
Additional requirements: Two years’ teaching experience

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Italki*

Hourly rate: £2.50 – £28 ($3 – $35)
Degree required: No
Lessons provided: No
Students: All ages
Minimum hours per week: None
TEFL qualification required: Preferred
Accepts non-native speakers: Yes
Additional requirements: Degree OR TEFL qualification required to be a Professional Teacher

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TwoSigmas**

Hourly rate: £16 – £24 ($20 – $30)
Degree required: Yes
Lessons provided: No
Students: All ages
Minimum hours per week: 5
TEFL qualification required: Yes
Accepts non-native speakers: Yes
Additional requirements: None

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GoGoKid

Hourly rate: £11 – £20 ($14 – $25)
Degree required: Yes
Lessons provided: No
Students: Children and teenagers
Minimum hours per week: 10
TEFL qualification required: Yes
Accepts non-native speakers: No
Additional requirements: US/Canadian citizenship, previous teaching experience

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* Online marketplace. Teachers set their own rates.

** TwoSigmas is a recruiting agency able to match teachers with online teaching jobs.

Find out more about how to get started teaching English online with our definitive guide.

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