Five-year high school teacher vacancies

Vacancies for teachers in secondary schools are at their highest level in at least five years, according to new data.

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

In 2020, 19,626 secondary teaching posts were vacant 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 on teacher vacancies from 2010 to 2018.

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

The three months between January and the end of March each year normally comprise about half of the annual total of teaching vacancies advertised in a year, and are therefore considered a good indicator of the trend for that year.

The data also shows a 47% 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 every vacancy to try to avoid duplication of its data.

Vacancies for teachers

Vacancies for general teachers (primary and secondary) in the first three months of this year have also increased by 29% compared to 2020.

In 2022, a total of 33,580 teaching vacancies were recorded at the end of March, much more than in 2020 when 25,939 were recorded for the same period.

Design and technology saw the largest increase in job vacancies, increasing by 51% between 2020 (1,089) and 2022 (1,643).

Vacancies also increased by 45%, from 701 in 2020 to 1,018 in 2022.

The figure was closely followed by IT, which saw a 44% increase from 828 to 1,191.

Writing on his blog, Professor John Howson, chairman of TeachVac, said the increase in registered vacancies could be due to “more teachers leaving schools in England”.

These teachers could turn to the profession of tutor or leave to teach abroad, to “reduce their hours, or even retire completely”, he said.

However, he said “another possibility” was that schools could have brought recruitment forward this year, “so the peak will have been in March rather than the end of April, as has been the normal practice in recent years. “.

The data also shows that there has been a marked increase in vacancies for school leaders compared to 2020 figures.

Figures from TeachVac revealed that vacancies for school leaders increased by 18% comparing the first three months of 2020 (957) with the same period this year (1,125).

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