Competition in finding a teaching post is as fierce as it has ever been.
Over the last 2 years there has been a significant increase in the number of qualified teachers within the teaching market unable to get a job. Add to this a significant reduction in the number of teaching jobs. More and more applications per teaching job means more teachers out of work.
“Between 2000-2007 over 400,000 qualified teachers under the age of 60 were not teaching. More than 25,000 newly Qualified teachers NEVER entering into teaching once qualifying.”
So WHY is it so difficult to get a teaching job?
Schools are facing tough times with budgets. Curriculum changes have also affected the why in which schools now recruit. add in some schools have a lower number of students applying to go to their school and this makes the teaching job market slower than earlier years. Schools are also using more and more Higher Level Teaching Assistants or Cover Supervisors to cover staff on a short-mid term basis.This all leads to a worrying short fall of jobs per teacher.
What other factors are there?
With online applications the main way of applying for positions now it is no wonder applications have