Schools offer staff in shortage subjects up to £10,000 more a year as recruitment crisis bites

The TES is reporting that schools are being forced to offer teachers in shortage subjects salary premiums of up to £10,000 extra a year as the recruitment crisis bites.

Competition between heads to secure much-needed staff in a red hot recruitment market means the pay that some classroom teachers can command has sky-rocketed. 

One Cambridgeshire headteacher has revealed that he is prepared to pay £10,000 more a year for a Spanish teacher than he was just 12 months ago. TES has also learned of a secondary willing to pay a head of science a £50,000 salary. 

Headteachers’ unions say salary hikes for teachers of shortage subjects are now widespread. Premiums of between £2,000 and £5,000 compared with two years ago are not uncommon, they say…

Early results from the forthcoming TES Recruitment Index – which will offer schools detailed analysis of the teacher supply market when it is published next month – show that the most sough-after teacher type in England is a secondary physics teacher in London…

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What do you think about schools having to pay such premiums in order to get teachers in certain subjects? 

Is it right that those in most demand should get the highest salaries?

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  1. Teaching is a collaborative and collegiate  activity.  Knowing a colleague is paid more because s/he happens to be teaching a shortage subject irrespective of their competence causes resentment.

  2. Stewart McCoy01

    Hi Janet, I agree with the inequality issue but at the same time, pupils being taught by a specialist is most important. The downside of paying a specialist more to secure them is that some schools would potential have to pay a lot of people, much more to attract them and this will drive salary levels soaring as competition increases. Of course, as schools attemp to answer the inequality point, that could be good for all teachers!

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove While this is kind of good news for tchers of some subjects it’s bad news for schls in general as £ must come from somewhere

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