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Advertised salaries in the education sector climbed by 4.2% in 2017, which was the first yearly increase in pay that the industry has witnessed in over four years. That’s according to the latest data from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library.

The data analysed year-on-year fluctuations of average salaries within the education sector in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. It reveals that following years of decline in pay, the industry is now showing signs of recovery, offering reassurance to employers and job hunters alike. In fact, average advertised pay over the last four years stands as follows:

  • 2014 - £30,091.77
  • 2015 - £29,260.42
  • 2016 - £29,120.11
  • 2017 - £30,470.63

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “Salaries within the education sector, particularly for teachers, have been held down for many years now, so it’s extremely positive to see that 2017 broke this trend. However, there is still a long way to go, especially when faced with the current education funding crisis.”

What’s more, over the last two years* advertised jobs have increased by a staggering 19.5%, suggesting that many organisations across the education industry are feeling confident about growing their workforce.  However, it is important to note that applications for these vacancies are still failing to keep pace, rising by just 1.2% during the same period.

Biggins continues: “There continues to be a widespread shortage of teachers across the UK and this will only appear to continue if action is not taken immediately. 2017 saw the call for higher pay for teachers, in a bid to restore salaries to the levels that existed before the start of pay restraint in 2010. It’s clear that some areas of education have taken a proactive stance and this should continue to be a priority in 2018 and beyond.”

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