Teachers who quit the state sector to take up a role elsewhere tend to see their pay cut – but work shorter hours and find more job satisfaction, according to new research from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).
For non-retiring teachers, the monthly pay of those who left and took up a new job was on average 10 per cent less, the research found.
The report also underlines the impact of the long-hours culture informing their decisions to leave – with many secondary teachers quitting in order to move to part-time jobs.
It states: “Among secondary teachers who leave, the proportion working part-time increases by 20 percentage points after leaving, whereas there is no increase among primary leavers.
“This suggests that secondary teachers find it more difficult to arrange part-time working.”