Concerns over the smaller number of new graduate teachers to fill some roles and the increasing numbers of teachers quitting the profession has increased demand for experienced supply teachers, says giant
. Matthew Brown, Managing Director of giant
, says: “With a drop in the number of new graduates entering 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.”
Department of Education figures from December 2012 showed that 47,700 teachers left their jobs in 2010-2011, up 19% from the 40,070 that left their jobs the year before. Supply teachers are also reporting shorter gaps between assignments, according to giant, with 86% of supply teachers surveyed reporting waits of less than a month between roles, up from 79% in 2011.
Better pay is becoming an increasingly important factor in teachers’ decisions to move from permanent roles to temporary ones, adds giant. 14% of supply teachers said pay was the most attractive aspect of temporary work, up from 10% a year ago. The most popular reason for choosing to become a supply teacher – ‘lifestyle’ – slipped from being the top choice of 56% of supply teachers in 2011to 47% in 2012.
Matthew Brown explains: “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.”