Teaching staff on casual contracts visiting food banks as they struggle to make ends meet

Staff on insecure contracts working in further, adult and prison education are holding down multiple jobs and visiting food banks in an effort to makes ends meet, warns the report “Counting the costs of casualisation in further, adult and prison education” released today (Friday). FE News reports.

The report, from the University and College Union (UCU), says people without secure contracts aren’t paid for around a third of their work and struggle to find somewhere to live. It also reveals the toll it has on their mental and physical health.

Over two-thirds of respondents (71%) said they believed their mental health had been damaged by working on insecure contracts and almost half (45%) said it had impacted on their physical health.

Some spoke of the fear and stress of hours, and therefore income, being cut with little or no notice.

Others said it was impossible to plan anything and that it was difficult to get a mortgage or secure rented accommodation without being able to demonstrate a stable income.

Key findings from the report include:

  • 72% said they had struggled to make ends meet

  • 56% said they experienced problems paying bills

  • 75% said their contractual status made it hard to make long-term financial commitments

  • 71% of respondents said they believed their mental health had been damaged by working on insecure contracts

  • 45% reported that they believed their working conditions had damaged their physical health

  • 93% of respondents on a fixed-term contract said that they would rather be on a permanent contract

  • 72% of hourly-paid staff said that they would rather be on a contract with guaranteed hours, even if it meant less flexibility

  • On average, part-time and hourly-paid teachers are doing 30% of their work without pay

  • 56% had held two or more jobs in the last 12 months

  • 39% had held two or more jobs in the education sector

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