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Supply teachers in demand despite squeeze on education budgets

Supply teachers in demand despite squeeze on education budgets
Long term joblessness falls to just 8%
Less concerned about financial issues
Supply teachers are growing increasingly confident about their job prospects as long term joblessness in the education sector drops, reveals new research by giant group plc, the contractor services provider. 
The research from giant shows that just 8% of supply teachers now spend 90 days or more without work, compared to 13% surveyed last year.
According to giant, schools are making greater use of supply teachers as they keep tight control of permanent headcounts. 
Matthew Brown, Managing Director or giant group, comments: As pressure on education budgets continue to intensify, schools are keeping a very close eye on their budgets. With staffing costs under scrutiny it may be more cost-effective for schools to respond to sudden spikes in workload by making greater use of contingency staff.
Despite budget cuts, schools are still under immense pressure to raise standards. Some schools rely on teaching assistants to cover for staff absences, but supply teachers are fully qualified and often very experienced teachers who can bring significant benefits to the classroom.
The research from giant also reveals that supply teachers are becoming less concerned about financial issues and are placing greater emphasis on lifestyle issues when considering their next placement. Just 25% of supply teachers say that financial issues (more income) are their main reasons for contracting, compared to 39.2% in Q1 2010.  
According to giant, supply teachers are not focusing so much on financial issues as the risk of unemployment recedes. 
55% of supply teachers say their primary consideration when deciding to become a contractor is lifestyle/freedom. This compares with 39.2% in Q1 10.
Matthew Brown comments: The growing emphasis on lifestyle over financial issues suggests that supply teachers are increasingly confident of their employment prospects despite public sector cutbacks. 


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