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‘Young and cheap’ v ‘Expensive experience’

by on February 6, 2013

A recent poll of teachers who are job seeking reported here in The Guardian suggests that ‘young and cheap’ get appointed in preference to those who have ‘expensive experience’.

However, teachers in their 20s and 50s both report difficulty in getting short-listed. The former say that they lose out in an over-crowded market to those with more experience. The latter say that they become invisible once over 50 and lose out to young and affordable graduates.

From the reader comments, the affordability issue relates to pay increments that mean a teacher with more experience is going to be paid more than their more newly qualified counterpart.  It’d be interesting to hear what happens to those who move into teaching after a career change as they could be both over 50 and newly qualified. And this may also be an example of the unintended consequences of an incremental pay system.

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