Research published by The National Foundation for Educational Research has shown that teachers in England work long hours even after accounting for extra holidays. Among other findings, comparing to other public sector workers, the research found that teachers work similar hours each year to police officers, but in fewer weeks.
The findings are published in “Teacher retention and turnover research – Research update 4: How Do Teachers Compare To Nurses And Police Officers?“, also revealed that teachers’ real average hourly pay has fallen more than it has for the other professions since 2009/10, yet despite this seem to be satisfied with their jobs and income, but less so with their leisure time.
Compared to nurses and police officer, the report also highlighted the age demographics of the three professions, showing how the teaching profession is now spread across a range of ages.
The authors conclude that, despite reporting relatively strong job and income satisfaction rates, teachers are more likely to leave their profession than nurses or police officers. The research identified that teachers who leave appear to be more motivated by reduced working hours and more opportunities for flexible working. Further work to reduce the number of hours worked by teachers should be a priority for school leaders and the Government.