Teacher workforce statistics and teacher vacancies, sickness absence and substitution statistics published


The Department of Education has published two statistical bulletins today.

They are the ‘Teacher workforce statistics in grant-aided schools in Northern Ireland, 2017/18’ and ‘Teacher vacancies, sickness absence and substitution statistics in grant-aided schools in Northern Ireland, 2017/18’.

These statistical bulletins provide analysis of the latest annual data collections in relation to teacher numbers, pupil: teacher ratios, teacher vacancies, teacher sickness absence and teacher substitution costs in grant-aided schools in 2017/18.

Teacher workforce statistics and teacher vacancies, sickness absence and substitution statistics published

Key points
• The number of full-time equivalent teachers is 18,489.6. This represents a slight increase of 0.2 from 18,489.4 in 2016/17.

• The median age of teachers is 41.5 years, an increase from 41.0 years in 2013/14. There are proportionally fewer teachers aged under 30 this year (11.1%) than in 2013/14 (11.9%).

• The teacher headcount is 19,867 this is an increase of 89 teachers from 2016/17. The proportion of teachers working part-time continues to rise.

• The proportion of teachers working in all schools who are male has been declining over the last five years. Most notable is the absence of male teachers in nursery schools.

• The overall Pupil: Teacher Ratio (PTR) in 2017/18 is 18.0, an increase of 0.2 from 2016/17.

• There were fewer vacancies in November 2017, than in the previous year, with 1,154 teacher vacancies at the end of the academic year 2016/17, 855 (74.1%) of which had been filled by November 2017.

• The average number of days lost per teacher due to sickness in all schools was 9.3. This represents a decrease of 0.2 days from the previous year.

• Teacher substitution costs decreased from £73.6 million to £69.0 million.

• The number of substitution days worked by Prematurely Retired Teachers has fallen to 6,305 days in 2017/18. This represents 1.3% of the total days worked, compared to 14.4% in 2008/09.

Statistical Bulletins can be accessed at the DE Website here.