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Rise in education salaries for the first time in four years
Advertised salaries in the education sector rose by 4.2 per cent in 2017, the first yearly increase in four years.
This is according to data by CV-Library (www.cv-library.co.uk), which analysed figures on year-on-year fluctuations of average salaries within the education sector from 2014 to 2017.
It was revealed that following years of decline in pay, the industry is now showing signs of recovery, offering reassurance to employers and job hunters alike. In fact, average advertised pay over the last four years stood at £30,091.77 in 2014 and rose to £30,470.63 last year.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “Salaries within the education sector, particularly for teachers, have been held down for many years now, so it’s extremely positive to see that 2017 broke this trend. However, there is still a long way to go, especially when faced with the current education funding crisis.”
Also, over the last two years, advertised jobs have increased by a staggering 19.5 per cent, suggesting that many organisations across the education industry are feeling confident about growing their workforce. However, according to CV-Library, it is important to note that applications for these vacancies are still failing to keep pace, rising by just 1.2% per cent during the same period.
Biggins added: “There continues to be a widespread shortage of teachers across the UK and this will only appear to continue if action is not taken immediately. 2017 saw the call for higher pay for teachers, in a bid to restore salaries to the levels that existed before the start of pay restraint in 2010. It’s clear that some areas of education have taken a proactive stance and this should continue to be a priority in 2018 and beyond.”Read more