Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Teacher Jobs in London Up by 21-32%


Here's some good news for Canadian teachers: The teacher shortage in the UK is up by 21-32% from last year.

I knew something was going on when I called our London office last week. They told me every one of my teachers was out working & they still didn't have enough teachers to fill the needs of all the schools calling them.

To put this in perspective, think about supply teaching in Canada in September. Do you know any supply teachers in Canada teaching 4 or 5 days/week? I doubt it. Not here. We have a job shortage, not a teacher shortage.

But in London, all of my teachers are working almost every day! At least half have full-time positions. These jobs were secured last year, over the summer and in the first 2 weeks of this school year. That's incredible!

Over the past six months, I have been telling the September arrivals to be patient - they probably wouldn't get more than 1 or 2 days/week, just like in Canada. It's September, the teachers aren't sick yet and they don't start taking courses until October.

I am pleased to say that I was wrong! We need more teachers already. So what's going on in the UK you ask?

Well, the Guardian reports that primary teacher vacancies are up by 32% and secondary teacher vacancies are up by 21% this year. For secondary, the largest need is for math, science and English. There are: 250 math teacher vacancies, 270 science vacancies and 210 English vacancies.

This is fabulous news for Canadian teachers! If you haven't applied for a teaching job in London yet, now's the time.

Still not sure about teaching in London? Read Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians.

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