Scotland’s teacher unemployment lowest in UK


Scotland has the lowest levels of teacher unemployment in the UK, with figures out today showing 88 per cent of probationer teachers finding employment last year.

The figures from the General Council of Scotland show an increase of 4.2% from last year in the employment rate for teachers who have finished their induction period.

Clare Adamson, SNP MSP for Central Scotland and member of the Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee, said:

“These positive figures show teacher unemployment is much lower in Scotland than anywhere else in the UK.

“Probationer teacher employment is better than in each of the last two years while fewer numbers of teachers are claiming jobseekers allowance.

“Scotland has hundreds of thousands of excellent pupils, being taught by tens of thousands of excellent teachers, teaching in thousands of excellent schools.

“The SNP Government is committed to ensuring this positive trend continues, which is why, as part of the budget agreement with COSLA, local councils will work to maintain teacher numbers in line with pupil numbers.

“This is paying off and for more than 20 months Scotland has had the highest level of teacher employment in the UK.”