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With the education sector already suffering with strikes and skills shortages, it’s concerning to learn that salaries have fallen within the sector too.

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (ASPCo) report, using data provided by Broadbean Technology, revealed that average salaries fell by 5.2% between February 2022 and February 2023.

The APSCo believe this is a worrying sign considering the cost of living crisis and the general unrest within the sector.

Research also shows that vacancies continue to grow – up 36% in January 2023 and 44% in February year-on-year.

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Ann Swain, CEO of APSCo, commented on the findings, “Given the unrest that has been noted in the education sector in recent months, the peaks and troughs of hiring activity and application numbers are perhaps no surprise.

“However, with strike action continuing to plague the sector due to a range of factors including remuneration, the decline in average pay that our data highlights is of real concern.

“The cost of living crisis and rising inflation means that teaching professionals are continuing to leave the profession for better pay elsewhere. With these individuals in already short supply, education is facing a tough road ahead for 2023.”

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