A recent survey shows that they are currently experiencing higher hourly rates, with confidence expected to continue over the coming months with the majority predicting a continued rise in earnings.
Over 65 per cent recorded they expect an increase in rates over the coming year, with 21 per cent expecting no change and only 14 per cent predicting a decrease. The length of time between contracts is also improving, with nearly nine out of 10 noting between 0 and 31 days.
This positivity is perhaps a result of the growing skills gap in the sector which has led to a 10 per cent increase in the use of supply teachers. (See also: Supply teachers go to top of the class Feb 2013, Shout99).
Matthew Brown, Managing Director at contractor service provider, giant, who conducted the survey said: “With the start of the new term approaching, now is a good time of year to gauge how the sector is faring and what to expect over the coming months.
"As economic confidence in the UK becomes increasingly positive it’s encouraging that contractors are predicting a good twelve months ahead. As reports continue to show the increasing reliance on supply teachers, now is the time for experienced individuals to fill the widening skills gaps.”
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Susie Hughes © Shout99 2013