How do I know this? Well, having read a lot about the current shortage in teacher supply (this article points out that the number of new teachers has dropped 16% in the last 5 years), and the low retention rate of those in teaching (this article mentions that 40% drop out within 5 years) I thought it might be worth looking at how this is feeding through into the recruitment market.
Using the excellent services of the Internet Archive 'Wayback Machine', I looked back at the number of jobs advertised online at tes.co.uk on the day as close as possible to January 25th in each year from 2011 to date. At a time when alternative recruitment methods should perhaps have eaten into the market share of the market leader in school jobs, the number of jobs advertised has almost doubled, from a low of 3,415 in 2011 to 7,648 today (graph below).
What can be done - apart from following these tips to make sure your school doesn't suffer as badly as others when recruiting? It's perhaps worth looking back at the end of the last recession to see what the response of organisations faced with recruitment difficulties was. If we go back to 1997 (perhaps a good analogy for what the job market might look like in 2016?) the key to staff recruitment and retention was seen as valuing and developing key staff. The seminal work of this period came from management consultancy McKinsey & Co and was called 'The War for Talent'. The 'War for Talent' stated clearly that attracting, developing and retaining talented individuals was a way for organisation to create enormous value.
So, how can schools take part in a 'War for Talent'? What does it look like? Here are just four of the ideas suggested in the book - does your school do any of these?
- Creating a long-term recruitment and succession strategy, rather than just filling roles as they come up
- Creating a mindset in leaders that people are vital to organisational success, not a problem to be solved
- Creating the right combination of benefits, rewards and culture to attract and retain talented individuals
- Giving talented individuals space to develop their careers and interests.
Here's a great example of a school that is taking this seriously!