Secondary school teacher vacancies at a five-year high

Education / Thu 7th Apr 2022 pm30 04:05pm

SECONDARY school classroom teacher vacancies are at their highest level in at least five years, new data suggests reports the Times Education Supplement.

The data, shared with Tes by TeachVac, shows the highest recorded number of secondary teacher vacancies in the last five years, with a 12 per cent increase since the last comparable year (2020).

In 2020, there were 19,626 secondary teacher vacancies recorded in three months (between January and March, inclusive). This figure was 22,014 for the same period in 2022 – higher than any of the previous four years.

And TeachVac does not have data for teacher vacancies from 2010 to 2018.

The year 2021 is not thought to be comparable due to a lack of movement in the teacher market during the height of the Covid pandemic. 

The three months between January and the end of March each year normally include about half of the annual total of vacancies for teacher posts advertised during any year, and so is thought to be a good indicator of the trend for that year.

The data also shows a 47 per cent increase in the number of vacancies found in March 2022 (9,984) compared to March 2020 (6,811).

TeachVac is a national vacancy service, and it checks each vacancy to try to avoid duplication in its data.

General teacher vacancies (primary and secondary) in the first three months of this year have also risen by 29 per cent compared to 2020. 

In 2022, 33,580 overall teacher vacancies were recorded by the end of March, much higher than in 2020 when 25,939 were recorded for the same period. 

Design and technology saw the largest increase in vacancies, rising by 51 per cent between 2020 (1,089) and 2022 (1,643).

Business vacancies also rose by 45 per cent, from 701 in 2020 to 1,018 in 2022.

The figure was closely followed by computing, which saw a 44 per cent increase from 828 to 1,191.

The full article can be read below.


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1 Comment for Secondary school teacher vacancies at a five-year high:

2022-04-08 10:34:36

Doesn't take into account the amount of children being taught permanently by unqualified staff. TA's and cover staff are being used to teach children full time. They do a great job but aren't paid or trained to do that full time.

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