A recent survey by giant group, has found that freelance teachers are high in demand, as schools hesitate to hire permanent workers.
According to the giant group survey, long term joblessness amongst supply teachers is falling, as 90 per cent are spending less than a month between contracts, compared to 83 per cent this time last year.
The research also revealed that 77 per cent of freelance, or ‘supply’ teachers, expect their pay to increase in the next year, while just 14 per cent expect pay freezes – down from 26 per cent last year.
Managing Director of giant, Matthew Brown, said, “Schools are having to keep a very close eye on their budgets, which means permanent headcount is under the microscope. Even those schools that have not implemented formal freezes are making permanent hires only as a last resort because their budgets are being squeezed.
“This has opened the door for supply teachers, who are seeing increased demand for their services, meaning upward pressure on their hourly wages.
“Supply teachers are in high demand at present, and should remain in demand as long as the Government’s austerity drive continues.”