Newly qualified teachers struggling to get work

30th September 2011

Over the past year newly qualified teachers in the UK have been struggling to find employment. These young men and women graduate from university after paying annual tuition fees of approximately £3,375 only to find an incredibly limited job market that is said to have 40 per cent fewer full-time teaching jobs available. As of August of this year, there have been approximately 2,500 fewer jobs available across all sectors throughout the country.

There are some regional variations of this issue. One of the hardest-hit regions in the UK seems to be the West Midlands, where there were 700 fewer posts than this time last year. The north-west, which shows 552 fewer vacancies, has also been hit hard. London has shown the lowest discrepancy with 188 fewer open positions. The only region that hasn't been hit too hard by a lack of open teaching positions is the north-east, which has shown only 40 fewer vacancies than last year.

Professor John Howson, director of Data for Education and senior research fellow at Oxford University, believes that this shortage of teaching jobs is simply because there aren't enough jobs to go around. Schools are reluctant to hire new and inexperienced teachers and would rather promote experienced teachers from within the institutions themselves.

It is unclear whether or not this practice of moving experienced teachers sideways into other positions is the main reason why teaching jobs are so scare, but the fact of the matter is that students who were told that they would be hired quickly as teachers once they graduated are finding it very difficult to find full-time work.

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