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This first edition of Reed’s education labour market report provides an in-depth analysis of the current state of the sector, with the latest statistics and insights from - one of the UK’s leading job sites.

The report includes statistics on the number of jobs advertised broken down into subsectors, the average application rate, the number of education jobseekers as well as their top searched-for jobs, a geographical breakdown of the market, and more.

We delve deeper into these figures, providing a comprehensive understanding of the past year, exploring the implications of these trends for students, schools, and jobseekers, suggesting strategies for navigating this rapidly evolving landscape.

Why is it important to understand the labour market?

Education is a dynamic and complex market and has seen significant changes over the past few years. From the Covid-19 pandemic to the more recent disputes over pay and working conditions, the sector has struggled to fill talent gaps, retain talented employees, and match the expectations of jobseekers.

However, this report reveals that while there are talent gaps, the market is abundant with opportunities for jobseekers, as well as greater interest in certain subsectors.

Understanding and navigating this challenging labour market is essential for schools, academies, and trusts who are looking to prepare for the year ahead and proactively plan their recruitment strategies, as well as jobseekers looking to navigate the market.

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 the report:

  • There are 887,117 education jobseekers on, with 2,696 new registrations in the last month and 47,079 new candidates in the past year

  • Each job posting receives approximately 3.37 applications on average

  • Secondary schools 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 £32,509

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.