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One in 10 disillusioned teachers looking for a new job

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UK teachers appear to be running out of patience at work, with a tenth looking for a new job and 40% admitting they would take the first job they are offered if the salary was right, according to a report from Randstad.

Lower headcount budgets mean 23% of organisations acknowledge their people are working at full stretch - and have no spare capacity to achieve more, despite 'increased productivity' being a top three priority on the HR agenda.

A tenth of those people surveyed are actively looking for a new job. Forty per cent of education sector respondents' state they would take the first job they were offered elsewhere as long as the salary and benefits were commensurate with their current position, whilst 10% would take the first job offered regardless of the remuneration package.

Patrick Maloney, managing director of Randstad Education, said: "Top reasons for teachers wanting to move are 'personal/lifestyle', 'uncompetitive remuneration' and 'lack of career opportunities'.

"Uncompetitive remuneration is the number two reason for teacher dissatisfaction, contrasting with number three for the UK workforce in general.

"It's also significant that almost one-quarter of teachers are working inroles outside their area of specialism, leading to considerable dissatisfaction as well as lack of job satisfaction. Teachers are reaching boiling point - driving them to consider options elsewhere. It's also quite possible that once the smallest of upturns arrives, this group will erupt into the job market.

"A desire to move does not necessarily translate into an ability to move and an uncertain economy mean many people feel compelled to stay when they would rather leave."