Five comparisons between UK schools and other nations

Male teachers earn less on average than male graduates in other professions – but women teachers earn about the same as their counterparts in other jobs, a new report out today reveals. Tes reports.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Education at a Glance 2018 report also shows that in England, a male primary teacher’s salary will be 71 per cent of that of the average for male graduates – compared to an OECD average of 77 per cent.

And a female primary teacher in England will earn 94 per cent of what a female graduate would earn on average – compared to an OECD average of 102 per cent.

Here are five other findings:

  1. The teaching workforce in the UK is the youngest in the developed world. In the UK, 31 per cent of primary teachers were under 30 in 2016, compared to an OECD average of 12 per cent. And across primary and secondary, 26 per cent of UK teachers were under 30 compared to 11 per cent in the OECD on average.

  2. Schools in England have high levels of autonomy, with around two-thirds of decisions taken at school level. This is the third highest among OECD countries after the Czech Republic and the Netherlands – on average 34 per cent of decisions are taken at school level. The OECD does not distinguish in the UK figures between a decision made at school level, or at multi-academy trust level.

  3. Twice as many degree holders in England are working in jobs which they are overqualified for (28 per cent) than average (14 per cent) across OECD countries.

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