Teacher Retention and Turnover Research: How Do Teachers Compare To Nurses And Police Officers?

How do working hours and earnings in the teaching profession compare to nursing and policing, two of the other large and important public sector professions in England? This NFER research compares the characteristics of each profession’s workforce, their hours worked, earnings, and job satisfaction. Leadership Briefing (140)

The analysis shows that despite working the joint highest number of hours annually and having the joint lowest average hourly pay, teachers remain satisfied with their jobs and incomes. However, there is a lot of dissatisfaction with the amount of leisure time they have, which may be affecting retention.

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