Latest data from the world’s largest network of job boards, Broadbean Technology, has revealed a 45% week-on-week increase in education and training vacancies for the week ending 26th April as educational establishments seek to replace critical staff on sick leave and ensure facilities remain open for children of key workers. Job postings numbered 8,723 as of 19th April and by 26th April had risen to 12,650.
This is in keeping with education unions’ warnings that up to a fifth of teaching professionals were already self-isolating in the days before school closures were announced, and up to a third were off sick, suggesting that ongoing shortages of talent continue to impact the sector.
Broadbean Technology’s data also indicates that while a large proportion of hiring in the education is being driven by current short term teacher shortages, the ‘recruitment process is still very much happening’ for other roles to ensure talent is in place for the new academic year in September.
Beyond educational establishments, the growth in demand for training professionals could, in part, be attributed to the increasing number of businesses investing in staff development – particularly for those who have been furloughed. And the recent announcement that the Department for Education has launched a collection of online courses will likely lead to an on-going uptick in demand over the coming weeks.
Alex Fourlis, Managing Director at Broadbean Technology, commented on the results:
“This leap in vacancies for education and training experts not only indicates a short supply of teachers currently, but also that despite the uncertain times we are operating in, talent pipelining and future planning is continuing to ensure that establishments have the talent they require for the new academic year. And as training for furloughed staff becomes widely championed by not only employers themselves, but also the Government, we expect to see a steady stream of opportunities in this sector over the coming weeks.”
“While the future still looks uncertain for the employment market as a whole, our data suggests that for the moment at least the education and training arenas are showing promising signs. However, with shortages within the teaching profession widely reported even before COVID-19, engaging with talent and pipelining will remain important for establishments as they navigate the current climate and beyond.”