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14/06/13 00:01

More jobs for probationary teachers

Survey shows sharp rise in new teachers in full-time permanent contracts.

The latest GTCS survey of newly qualified teachers shows that 90.2 per cent of respondents are now in employment and the percentage in full-time permanent contracts has risen by more than 20 percentage points to 45.1 per cent.

The annual survey breaks down the percentage of new teachers in full-time, part-time, temporary, permanent and supply contracts nine months after they finish the guaranteed probationary year.

Today’s figures follow this week’s Labour Market Statistics that showed the claimant count of unemployed teachers - those claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) - totalled just 120, the lowest monthly figure since May 2008.

Scotland continues to have the lowest teacher unemployment rate in the UK with 2.3 per 1,000 in the workforce in Scotland claiming JSA, compared to 6.4 per 1,000 in England, 7.5 per 1,000 in Wales and 11.9 per 1,000 in Northern Ireland.

Welcoming the survey, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s languages, Dr Alasdair Allan said:

“I am delighted that the number of new teachers in employment is continuing to rise. This picture is consistent with recent findings from the 2012 Teacher Census and suggests that the employment prospects for new teachers have improved significantly.

“What’s more, today’s figures suggest that there has been a big rise in the percentage of new teachers finding permanent, full-time jobs within nine months of finishing their probationary year. That is particularly good news.

“This positive survey comes just days after the latest unemployment figures revealed that the claimant count for teachers in May was just 120, the lowest since May 2008. As a result, Scotland has the lowest teacher unemployment rate in the UK. That’s good news for Scotland’s new teachers, good news for Scotland’s schools and good news for Scotland’s pupils.”