- 'It is shameful we haven't enough people in the UK to educate our kids', the Guardian, 6th October
- 'Half of all teachers in England threaten to quit as morale crashes', the Observer, 4th October
- 'Nick Gibb: We are taking the teacher shortage seriously', Schools Week, 1st October
- 'More teachers left to go abroad than did a university PGCE, Schools Week, 24th September
- 'Teacher crisis is forcing us to recruit abroad due to the shortage of qualified staff in the UK', Daily Mail, 5th September
For me this brings back memories of working with companies on their 'employer reputation' in the early 2000s, when the economy seemed on a perpetual rise and survey after survey showed employers having great difficulty recruiting. I've had a look again at the research report I wrote for Communications Management called 'Why Don't People Want to Work for Us?' (click to download). I talked to 8 blue chip companies and came up with 4 key factors that companies needed to focus on to recruit and retain the best employees.
- Values - are people 'doing socially valuable work or given the opportunity to do this alongside other work'?
- Culture - are employees 'treated with honesty, fairness and trust?'
- Corporate Reputation - is the organisation 'successful, growing and offering opportunities for the future'?
- People Policies - are organisations 'listening to employees and giving them the right support' - from financial rewards to development, training and flexible working opportunities?