New survey trumpets teaching

The many advantages of choosing teaching as a profession are extolled in a new survey by recruitment agency Edustaff survey

In the 2014-2015 academic year, 32,543 new entrants planned to start a primary or secondary initial teacher-training programme in England. However, this number fills only 93% of the targeted places, compared to 95% last year. 

The team at Edustaff have conducted research into the benefits a teaching career has over other professions. The survey polled a variety of teachers from both state and private schools. It reveals that teaching salaries and benefits exceed many other popular vocations. 

A spokesman said: ”Teaching remains one of the most crucial professions in society and, with a shortage of teachers expected due to the ongoing baby boom, it has never been more important to draw talented and ambitious individuals into the profession. 

”Teachers work incredibly hard for long hours to develop the academic, emotional, and social capacities of the next generation, so there is no reason why their salaries should not reflect the magnitude of their efforts and achievements.”

The table shows a comparison of statistics on the average teacher working in the UK: 


UK Average

UK Teacher Average

Average starting salary



Average salary



Average annual leave

25 days

65 days

Average retirement age



Average employer contribution to pension



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