On 16th June 2017, the Education and Training Foundation published its annual workforce data report for 2015/16. The report provides an analysis of data collected through the national FE work data service, SIR Data Insights, for the 2015/16 academic year. This blog explains the context for the report and summarises the key findings.
On 16th June 2017, the Education and Training Foundation
published its annual workforce data report
for 2015/16 highlighting trends in staffing numbers, pay and
demographics across all provider types in the English Further Education (FE)
and Training sector.
This report is based on data collected through the national
FE workforce data service, SIR Data Insights. Anonymised data is collected at
individual staff contract level on all staff - teaching and non-teaching -
covering staff demographics (such as age, gender, ethnicity, disability and
sexual orientation), staff occupation and pay, subjects taught and geographical
The analysis presented in the annual workforce data report gives
a descriptive account of the staff working in the FE sector in 2015-16 and, where
possible, draws out comparisons of the workforce across different provider
types, with previous years and
with the school workforce. In addition to the descriptive account of the FE
workforce, the 2015/16 report includes some additional analysis looking at the
characteristics of senior managers in the sector and how these have evolved
This report based on the annual FE workforce data collection
provides valuable insights for practitioners, providers, and policy makers
ensuring they have robust and high quality data to support decision-making. It
is part of the evidence base for policy making to support the sector as
effectively as possible.
In 2015/16, information was gathered from 175 providers who
provided returns on 66,061 staff contracts. For the first time, data was
collected at individual staff contract level from local authorities,
independent training providers and third sector providers, alongside FE, sixth
form and specialist colleges.
Also for the first time since 2011, data was captured on
teacher qualifications and continuous professional development (CPD) which is
key to understanding, improving and championing the sector's teaching and
The main findings of the 2015/16 report confirm a
well-qualified workforce overall, with around three-quarters of teachers
holding a qualification:
- The most commonly held teaching qualifications are the
Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), covering 22% of teachers,
Certificate of Education, covering 14% of teachers and Level 5 Diploma in
Education and Training, covering 11% of teachers.
- A third of teachers hold their main subject area
qualifications at QCF Level 6 with another quarter holding main subject area
qualifications at QCF Level 7 or higher.
- On average, full-time teachers spend 15 hours on CPD but
many teachers (more than half) report no time spent on CPD.
Key findings on staffing numbers and pay include:
- The sector is shrinking, although has stayed generally the
same in terms of composition. The FE workforce has been declining at an average
rate of around 3% per year. Between 2011-12 and 2014-15, the number of
full-time equivalent employees in FE Colleges fell by 12,300.
- The FE workforce remains predominantly white (86%) and older
than the school teaching workforce. Over half of the staff in the FE sector are
over the age of 45, indicating that FE continues to be a second career for
many. Women account for 64% of all staff, 58% of teaching staff and 53% of
senior managerial roles.
- Senior manager numbers have fallen faster than other parts
of the sector (by approximately 13% over the last three years) and now account
for around 1.4% of the workforce.
- Average pay has increased slightly: median pay for full-time
staff across all occupational groups in FE colleges is £26,609, while the
figure is £32,000 for college teachers. Median pay is highest for senior
managers, with those earning between £70,000 - £80,000 experiencing the most
significant increase in pay.
You can download
a full copy of the annual workforce data report 2015/16 on this website, or
you can visit the Foundation's website to access reports
from previous years alongside the current report.
Over the coming weeks, we will be publishing a series of 'Data
Insights' on this website exploring some of the key findings from the 2015/16
report in more detail.
collection for the 2016/17 academic year runs from 1st July to 31st
October 2017. Information on how to
submit data is available on this website.
All FE providers funded through the Education and Skills Funding Agency
(ESFA) are requested to register
and submit workforce data through the SIR Data Insights service. If you have
any queries, please contact our friendly help desk service on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or tel: 0345 833 9040.