Research suggests that changes are necessary to the teacher application process: According to a recent report by Randstad, a human resource consulting firm, 90 per cent of teachers would welcome changes to the teacher application process to create a standardised application funnel which is valid across all schools.
The survey of 875 teachers also revealed that more than two in three teachers have suggested that repetitive and time-consuming application packs have resulted in less completed applications.
The report suggested that if the application process is not simplified, schools could miss out on quality teachers in a time where many are leaving the industry.
With vast competition for applicants, it is important to remove any potential barriers to applying, which in turn will encourage more candidates to apply.
Of the respondents, 50 per cent said that they believe ‘traditional’ application processes are no longer appropriate. Further to this, two in three teachers have given up and not completed an application pack due to its length.
The survey also uncovered that the likelihood of candidates filling out two applications are decreasing notably. Paired with the soaring competition for quality applicants, teachers looking for a new role are experiencing many different factors that they feel will have a negative effect on their willingness to apply for new positions.
The report claimed that 45 per cent of teachers prefer to use a recruitment agency when applying for jobs. With 84% of schools stating that they do not have the sufficient resources to recruit their teachers effectively, utilising an agency to find available teachers could help decrease the strain placed on the school itself.
If education institutions do not consider all methods of sourcing teachers, then they risk missing out on a large number of available and ready to work applicants.
A further 51 per cent of teachers head to their local authority website or academy chain website to search for vacancies.
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