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The April 2024 edition of Reed’s education labour market report offers a detailed examination of the current state of the education sector.

Drawing insights from, one of the UK’s leading job sites, the report presents statistics on jobs advertised across various subsectors of education – from SEND to primary and secondary. It also covers the average application rate, the number of education jobseekers, their most sought-after positions, and a geographical breakdown of the market.

Additionally, the report takes a comparative view of the last two months and how the market has changed, providing valuable insights for schools and education professionals as they navigate this dynamic landscape.

Why is it important to understand the labour market?

Education is a complex market that is constantly changing and has seen significant shifts over the past few years. From the Covid-19 pandemic to the more recent disputes over pay and working conditions, the sector has continued to struggle to fill talent gaps, retain talented employees, and match the expectations and needs of jobseekers.

Understanding and navigating this market is essential for schools, academies, and trusts who are looking to prepare for the year ahead and proactively plan their recruitment strategies. It is also essential for education professionals planning their future career – use this report as a guide to make an informed decision.

Why should I download Reed’s education labour market report?

As a leading education recruitment and supply teaching agency, Reed has been helping schools find talented educators and support staff for over 60 years.

Our national network of recruitment professionals are experts in their fields, matching the right professionals to schools in primary, secondary, early years, and SEND. With access to the one of the UK’s largest candidate databases with a total of over 22 million CVs, we are best placed to advise on labour market trends, ensuring you can effectively plan for the year ahead.

Key findings

Here are some of the key findings from this month’s report:

  • There is currently almost one million (903,293) education jobseekers registered on

  • Each job posting receives approximately 4.4 applications on average, which has increased from 3.37 in February.

  • Secondary schools still have the highest number of vacancies.

  • The most sought-after job by jobseekers is teaching assistant.

  • The average salary advertised across all education roles is £34,724.

Whether you are looking to gain a better understanding of the labour market to help inform your recruitment strategies or seeking to arm yourself with the knowledge to help guide your career options, download our free education labour market report now.