Teachers more likely to work ‘excessive’ overtime than those in other professions, TUC finds

The TES is reporting research that suggests the number of teachers working more than 48 hours per week has risen by almost a third in the past five years, ‘far outstripping other comparable professions’. 

A study of official figures by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) showed that 492,000 people working in education had a normal working week of 48 hours or more in 2015. The figure is up from 376,000 in 2010, an increase of 31 per cent.

The union said the “overwhelming majority” of those working long hours in education were teachers, although the category also includes other school staff.

The number of people working more than 48 hours per week has risen faster in education than in most other professions. Among people working in “professional, scientific and technical activities” the rise was 16 per cent and in information and communication it was 22 per cent. However, in health and social work the rise was marginally higher at 32 per cent.

…Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the NUT teaching union, told TES that this response had been insufficient and that the TUC figures were “alarming”.

“So much of teachers’ extra work is unproductive,” he said. “The work is done to feed the accountability machine, not to help children grow intellectually. That makes it all the more outrageous…”

More at: Teachers more likely to work ‘excessive’ overtime than those in other professions, TUC finds


See more directly from the TUC at: 15 per cent increase in people working more than 48 hours a week risks a return to ‘Burnout Britain’, warns TUC


I’m slightly confused by the TES analysis here as, according to the TUC figures from their press release, several other sectors actually report higher percentage rises in the numbers working more than 48 hours, including health and social work (surely comparable?), and the TUC release doesn’t make clear that teachers are more likely to be working these hours than other professions (although TES may have worked this out separately).

That aside, isn’t the most significant aspect the comment from Kevin Courtney of the NUT suggesting that much of the extra work is unnecessary and unproductive?

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  1. acaresilience

    SchoolsImprove unfortunately in my experience it’s those that love the job, care about the students the most who suffer from burnout/stress

  2. fulster_janet

    SchoolsImprove wontstand4it absolutely.regularly working 54 hour week just to prove what we were doing and to fight for funding.

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