London ‘losing new teachers’ due to lower house prices elsewhere

New research has found that newly qualified teachers are unlikely to be attracted to working in the UK Capital because of high house prices.

Only in January, a report found that the profession was suffering from chronic staff shortages and an inability to keep disenchanted professionals working in the sector.

Keen, newly qualified professionals are therefore in demand, but with average minimum salaries of around £22,500 in both Manchester and London,  and plenty of positions available, new research from Randstad Education reveals that teachers are likely to move further north because their income will offer new teachers a better standard of living there.

The average house price in Manchester is just over £197,000, 40% less than the £484,000 in London, as teacher salaries have failed to keep pace with property prices.

Randstad Education used their research to create a guide based on average teacher salary and house prices to identify the best locations for teachers to consider – and their findings confirm why  cities like Manchester and Liverpool are increasingly popular as ‘first role’ destinations.

Liverpool has the highest average maximum salary, of just under £50,000. House prices in the area are the lowest across all 13 cities profiled at just £185 a week rent – which sees Liverpool top of the league when it comes to salary vs property prices.

The teachers’ guide has an interactive map showing 13 major cities, detailing their average salaries compared to average house prices and average weekly rent. Helping candidates to assess the best location for their financial status.

Victoria Short, managing director of Randstad Public Services said:

“Home ownership is the dream of most workers hoping to work their way up the property ladder but as our guide shows location influences how much teachers need to save to realise that ambition.

“It’s no surprise average house prices are highest in London and while the capital offers workers an attractive mix of jobs and lifestyle options, our guide shows where in the country teachers can do the job they love with the bonus of more affordable housing and cheaper rent.”

The full report can be viewed here –