How do teachers compare to nurses and police officers?

Publication type

Report

Authors

Jude Hillary, Joana Andrade and Jack Worth

Publication date

Series Number

RESEARCH UPDATE 4

Summary

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? In this fourth Research Update, using data from the Understanding Society survey, we compare the characteristics of each profession’s workforce, their hours worked, earnings, and job satisfaction.
Our 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.

Subjects

Education, Labour Market, Wages And Earnings and Well Being

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