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Employment statistics for newly qualified teachers

We carry out a survey every Spring of teachers who have participated in the Teacher Induction Scheme, a probation programme described as 'world-leading' in an international survey by the OECD. This survey is a follow-up to the survey carried in Autumn 2011.

The survey offers a snapshot of post-induction employment of teachers who have gained the Standard for Full Registration with us and become eligible to apply for a permanent teaching post in Scotland.

The survey report summarises the responses to the survey questionnaire of 623 teachers out of a possible 2748. There is no way to tell from the information collected whether those who did not respond to the survey were more or less successful in obtaining employment than those who responded.

Key findings are:

  • The survey response rate was 22.7%. This compares with Spring 2011: 41.9%; Spring 2010: 41.5%; Spring 2009: 39.4%; Spring 2008: 33.4%
  • "This survey gives us useful information about the employment prospects of our probationer teachers, who are some of the best qualified and most talented anywhere in the world."
    Anthony Finn, CEO GTCS
  • The proportion of probationers with full-time permanent employment contracts is 24.9%. This is up from 20.5% in Spring 2011
  • The proportion of probationers with part-time permanent employment contracts is 4.2%. This is up from 2.4% in Spring 2011
  • The proportion of probationers with full-time temporary employment contracts is 34.2%. This is up from 25.5% in Spring 2011
  • The proportion of probationers with part-time temporary employment contracts is 10.1%. This is down from 10.3% in Spring 2011
  • The proportion of probationers with full-time supply employment contracts is 6.4%. This is down from 8.6% in Spring 2011
  • The proportion of probationers with part-time supply employment contracts is 2.9%. This is down from 5.4% in Spring 2011
  • The proportion of probationers on the local authority supply employment lists is 5.3%. This is down from 11.1% in Spring 2011
  • The proportion of probationers not in employment is 12.0%. This is down from 16.2% in Spring 2011.

Anthony Finn, Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council for Scotland said:

"The GTC Scotland carries out this survey of probationers every year and reports its findings to the Scottish Government.

"These figures show an improving picture of the job prospects for our probationer teachers. There are clearly still difficulties; too many talented teachers are struggling to find employment and there appears to be a prevalence of temporary teaching contracts which cannot be good for the stability of the profession, and the consistency of teaching for our young people.

"However, it looks like the figures 'bottomed-out' in 2009-2010 and are now rising which is a positive sign.

"The response rate to this survey is disappointing but it is still a valid sample and provides us with useful information about the employment prospects of our probationer teachers, who are some of the best qualified and most talented anywhere in the world."