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Promoting Quality in Teacher Education

TeachVac Report: The Labour Market for Teachers in England January to July 2022 A period of unprecedented turmoil

2 August 2022

Executive Summary


  • 2022 has been an exceptional year for teacher vacancies.

  • More than 79,000 vacancies were recorded in the first seven months.

  • Vacancies increased in both the primary and secondary sectors.

  • The increase was more pronounced for secondary school classroom teachers.

  • Leadership vacancies increased as well as vacancies for classroom teachers.

  • Vacancies for January 2023 will be especially challenging to fill.

  • London and the Home Counties remain the areas where demand for teachers is at its highest.

  • The North East region has the lowest demand for teachers.

  • Early indications are that the labour market, in 2023, will also be challenging for schools seeking teachers, especially for secondary schools.

  • In the second half of the decade, a reduction in pupil numbers and funding challenges may help ease the pressure on the labour market so long as teachers’ pay is sufficient to retain the current workforce in the profession.

  • TeachVac will continue to monitor the labour market for teachers but its free matching service will be replaced by a low-cost service based upon the number of matches made for schools and their vacancies.

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