According to a survey by giant group, the umbrella employment provider, 77 per cent of supply teachers expect their pay to increase in the next year, while just 14 per cent expect pay freezes - down from 26 per cent last year.
Matthew Brown, Managing Director of giant said: “Schools are having to keep a very close eye on their budgets, which means permanent headcount is under the microscope. Even those schools that have not implemented formal freezes are making permanent hires only as a last resort because their budgets are being squeezed.
“This has opened the door for supply teachers, who are seeing increased demand for their services, meaning upward pressure on their hourly wages.”
The survey also reveals that long term periods of inactivity amongst supply teachers is falling: 90 per cent of supply teachers are spending less than a month between contracts, compared to 83 per cent over the same period last year.
While supply teachers remain confident about prospects for the coming year, the majority (66 per cent) would still prefer a longer-term contract higher hourly pay, up from 53 per cent last year.
Matthew Brown said: “Long term placements are a goal for many supply teachers, and they are willing to sacrifice higher hourly pay if it means they might get it.”
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