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An unprecedented recruitment and retention crisis is imminent unless there is a significant pay rise for teachers, the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union will warn at their Annual Conference in Birmingham this weekend.

Seven in ten of teachers have considered leaving their job in the last 12 months, a recent survey by the NASUWT revealed. Nearly half of teachers cited that their pay had a great deal or a lot of impact on their intention to leave the profession.

The education sector is also struggling to retain newly graduated teachers longer than five years after they qualify due to pay failing to match similar graduate professions.

The cost of living crisis is having an acute and undeniable impact on teachers’ recruitment and retention:

  • 54% of teachers are cutting back spending on food and some teachers are say they have been forced to turn to food banks or other charitable assistance.
  • 40% have cut spending on essential household items
  • One in ten teachers have needed to take on a second job to make ends meet
The NASUWT has called on the Government to deliver a significant pay increase for the academic year 2022/23 to prevent an “enormous recruitment and retention” crisis.

Representatives at the Conference will debate a motion this weekend calling for possible industrial action if the Government is unwilling to enter into discussions over teachers’ pay.

Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“Teachers across the UK, and at every stage of their career, are seriously questioning if they can afford to continue another year in the education profession without a pay uplift that meets the sky-rocketing cost of living.

“The Government has continuously failed to heed teachers’ warnings that the toll of 12 years of pay erosion and successive pay freezes can no longer be endured. Now we are living with the bleak reality of teachers having no choice but to seek second jobs, cut back on essential supplies such as food and even relying on the assistance of foodbanks.

“With seven in ten teachers considering leaving the profession entirely, the Government must urgently secure the future of education by delivering a programme of pay restoration which recognises and values the work of teachers and headteachers.

“Teachers are united in their demands for a better deal for teachers to restore teaching as an attractive and competitive career.”

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