Despite the increasing government spotlight on the teaching and education sector, it is the third largest employer in the UK. While other areas of employment are maybe losing out to the digital age, teaching will always be a much in demand profession and it is assisted by a number of recruitment agencies who look at sourcing the best teaching candidates from nursery through to further education.
Although teachers have seen a 15% fall in the value of their pay, the average salary in the Essex education sector is still around the £30K mark. This can vary though depending on particular job role with teaching assistants generally earning less than £15K and secondary school headteachers potentially earning over £80K. Although the education sector is dominated by teachers, other titles can include librarian, receptionist, lecturer and support staff.
The threshold to get into teaching can be quite high with an array of qualifications needed to enter the field. In order to start teacher training the basic requirement is to have C-grade GCSEs in Maths, English and Science. Candidates will also have to be educated to degree level to achieve Qualified Teacher Status as well as gaining school experience and taking skill tests in numeracy and literacy. Other skills education personnel might require is patience, a good level of organisation and enthusiasm.