A combination of concerns over the smaller number of new graduate teachers and the numbers of teachers quitting the profession have created more need for experienced supply teachers, according to umbrella employment providers, giant.
Matthew Brown, Managing Director of giant, said: “With a drop in the number of new graduates entering parts of the teaching profession as well as an increase in existing permanent staff leaving the profession, a teacher shortage is being created.
“This shortage means plenty of opportunities have arisen for supply teachers over the last year, and these opportunities will continue in 2013. Schools are increasingly in need of experienced supply teachers to plug staffing gaps, which is pushing teachers’ daily pay rates up."
Recent figures showed that 47,700 teachers left their jobs in 2010-2011, up 19 per cent from the 40,070 that left their jobs the year before.
Supply teachers are reporting shorter gaps between assignments, according to giant, with 86 per cent of supply teachers surveyed reporting waits of less than a month between roles, up from 79 per cent in 2011. Also 70 per cent of supply teachers are expecting better pay over the next 12 months, up from 64 per cent this time last year.
The survey also found that better pay is becoming an increasingly important factor in teachers’ decisions to move from permanent roles to temporary ones, with 14 per cent of supply teachers saying pay was the most attractive aspect of temporary work, up from 10 per cent a year ago.
The most popular reason for choosing to become a supply teacher remained ‘lifestyle’, but slipped slightly from being the top choice of 56 per cent of supply teachers in 2011 to 47 per cent in 2012.
Matthew Brown said: “Many teachers now see supply work as a great way to increase their income as well as improve their lifestyle, with over a quarter of supply teachers we questioned rating financial benefits as the biggest advantage when it comes to supply work.
“The supply teacher lifestyle has mostly maintained its appeal, with a greater sense of freedom still the most important reason for teachers to turn to supply work. The recession has boosted financial concerns up teachers’ list of priorities at the expense of lifestyle attractions, but the appeal of an improved work-life balance is still strong.”
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