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30% of teachers considering leaving the profession in the next 12 months, finds Randstad

New research from Randstad Education has revealed the face of education recruitment is changing, with teaching establishments increasingly relying on specialist recruitment agencies.


The company says that at a time when education is facing a worrying exodus of teachers from the profession, combined with difficulties in hiring teachers, the need to have planned recruitment and a positive employer brand is greater than ever.


The research found that 30% of teachers are considering leaving the profession within the next 12 months with 47% citing poor work/life balance as one of the main reasons for leaving. Two-thirds of teachers say location is the most important factor for accepting a job.


According to Randstad, 79% of experienced teachers feel pressure to retire at state pension age.


Randstad stated in its findings, “Schools need to overhaul their recruitment processes if they are to attract and retain the best teachers. Gone are the days when a CV or application and an interview were sufficient, they now need to focus on having a recruiting strategy in place rather than reacting in an ad hoc way to vacancies as they arise.


“Application processes should be as simple as possible and lengthy application packs could be putting off some of the top candidates. Recruitment agencies are key in helping this change in strategy because they can provide the necessary expertise and help create a successful employer brand which then allows schools to attract and retain the best candidates.”

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