Teachers targeted for jobs in UK
Published 18/02/2013 | 04:00
Out-of-work teachers are being offered jobs in the UK on the same pay they would get at home.
Recruitment companies specialising in education have travelled to Dublin to hire staff to teach maths, science and English in primary and secondary schools which are suffering from skills shortages in the UK.
Hourglass Recruitment was among the firms offering more than 1,000 overseas posts at a Jobs Expo in Croke Park over the weekend.
The recruitment fair was held as the latest figures show emigration is still climbing, with Irish nationals accounting for 53pc of those leaving our shores.
A total of 87,100 people emigrated in the 12 months to April last year, up from 80,600 the previous year.
Hourglass Education Recruitment director Geoff Brown said he was trying to find at least 100 maths teachers, and roughly the same number in physics and chemistry.
The recruitment firm has taken on 30 teachers since it began hiring in Ireland last year. He said pay for new entrants in Ireland starts at €27,814 a year.
The same newly qualified teacher in the UK would get £23,400 (€27,167).
However, as temporary workers, they are entitled to a variety of benefits on top of their tax-free allowance.
These include an allowance covering accommodation worth roughly £7,000 (€8,127), as well as top-up payments covering flights and food.
Mr Brown said the net effect on the recruits' pay would mean they would take home a similar amount of money in the UK as at home in Ireland.
Mr Brown said "the bottom line" is that most Irish teachers would prefer to stay at home but they cannot find a teaching job "for love nor money".
Mr Brown recruits teachers for posts all over England from Ireland, South Africa, Canada, Australia and Jamaica.
"What we do is monitor the situation around the world and see where there are places where there might be more teachers than there are jobs," he said.
"The problem for Ireland is that as each year goes by, these people become de-skilled and more lacking in confidence. Two or three years down the line, when things change and jobs are in abundance, those teachers won't apply or won't be considered.
Emigration has risen dramatically since 2006, when 36,000 people left the country. There were 80,600 departures in 2011, followed by 87,100 last year.