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UK Teachers Look to Australia for Work

embraceaustraliaadmin | Friday, August 28th, 2009 at 10:10 am

UK qualified teachers struggling for work consider migration as a solution.

UK qualified teachers struggling for work consider migration as a solution.

If you’re a newly qualified teacher in the UK you may well be considering immigrating to Australia in order to find that lucrative teaching job.

More and more qualified UK teachers are deserting British shores to find work abroad, and Australia is just one of those countries benefiting from the UK recession that is seeing thousands of teachers out of work.

In June the official figures for teachers finding a permanent full-time job in the UK were down by 12.3% compared with figures for the same month in 2008. The situation is so bad that some of those teachers are even applying for jobs in McDonalds!

However, teachers are in short supply in Australia, with secondary school teachers making it onto the Australian Immigration Departments critical lists, which promises to fast track applications for an Australian visa. Maths teachers are also in short supply in Australia.

74,000 British teachers are now teaching abroad, according to figures by Shelter Offshore. Most of those will be teaching in British International Schools, a now very popular educational franchise that caters for the growing market of parents who want to give their children a British education abroad.

However a growing number of teachers are realising the possibilities of finding work in countries such as Australia, who are actively recruiting teachers from the UK.

New Zealand are also discussing plans to fast-track foreign teachers into the classroom as the early-childhood sector struggles to find staff. Early Childhood Council Chief Executive Sarah Farquhar speaking in June said of the teaching shortage: “We don’t have a big enough workforce and there are many people that could bring in skills and interests and abilities we don’t currently have.

Salaries for teachers in Australia range from $33,000 to $45,000 per year and with most contracts being permanent, it’s not difficult to see why UK teachers are looking Down Under to find work.

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One Response to “UK Teachers Look to Australia for Work”

Comment by Mr. Lamprey P. Artichoke — August 31, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

Ustralia be viry lucky to git are teachers. Britland teechers are the bestybliest teechers in the wurrld. that is why wee are all brainy and that, here.

Maybe nou Asutrlia will be all cliver and that, like what wee are here.

Best Regards,

Lamprey P. Artichoke, Professor Emeritus, Comparative Philosophy. Oxford University. S.W.A.L.K

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