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Education professionals react to market boom and snap up bigger pay packets

New data from CV-Library, reveals that education professionals are reacting positively to the country’s latest job market boom, with applications for education jobs rising by an astounding 12% in April 2019. 

The findings compared job market data from April 2019 with the same period last year and shows that a huge driving factor behind this hike in applications is likely the fact that average salaries for new jobs in education were up by 3.4% year-on-year, reaching an average of £31,796.  

However, despite these upward trends, the amount of job vacancies on offer declined by 3.4%, suggesting that the industry’s employers are being cautious around their hiring efforts. 

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, comments: “Pay packets are the first part of a job advert that professionals look at. So, it makes sense that there’s a correlation between salaries and applications rising. As well as this, it’s interesting to note that wages increased while job vacancies declined, suggesting that employers have adopted a more focused approach to hiring. 

“This ‘quality over quantity’ outlook may be the key to securing a greater number of candidate applications. However, employers in the education sector should be wary of making too many cutbacks in their hiring efforts. Professionals remaining in the sector will face increasing workloads with the same number of students, for which they will require increasingly higher salaries. In the future, we hope to see vacancies and salaries grow together.” 

In spite of less jobs being on offer, the number of candidates in the education sector registering their CVs online with CV-Library has increased by a staggering 26.4%, suggesting that even more professionals are considering their next career move. 

Biggins continues: “The overall increase in salaries has certainly resulted in some healthy competition among education professionals. To attract the best quality candidates in the midst of education funding cuts, employers need to ensure that they have effective hiring strategies in place. Consider the types of tools you’re using and remember that small changes go a long way when the job market is so tight.”

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