Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has today published its annual Workforce Data Report (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 also forms part of ETF's SIR Data Insights service which is a free decision-making tool offering data
dashboards and benchmark comparisons.
provides valuable insights for practitioners, providers, and policy makers
ensuring they have robust and high quality data to support decision-making in a
sector that grows in importance by the day.
information was gathered from 175 providers who provided returns on 66,061
staff contracts. Local authorities, independent training providers and third
sectors were included for the first time, alongside information from FE, sixth
form and specialist colleges.
first time since 2011, the annual workforce data report also captures
information on teacher qualifications and continuous professional development
(CPD) which is key to understanding, improving and championing the sector’s
teaching and training profession. The key findings confirm a well-qualified
workforce overall, with around three-quarters of teachers holding a
- 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,
teachers spend 15 hours on CPD although it is worth noting that most teachers
(over 60%) are reported as spending no time at all on CPD.
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.
Pullen, Head of Data and Evaluation at the Education and Training Foundation,
said: “We are really
pleased with the increased response from across the whole sector to the new SIR
Data Insights system that we introduced a year ago. For the first time, with
the support of organisations across the sector, we have comprehensive data on
all kinds of learning and training providers in Further Education.
“Our new SIR
Data Insights service collects more data on staff in the whole sector,
including qualifications. It offers clear benefits to those who submit data,
including access to individual dashboards and sector benchmarks.
workforce data report is a key part of ETF’s data and evaluation programme,
ensuring that practitioners, providers and policy makers have robust and high
quality data to support decision-making. Providing data on qualifications and
CPD is a key part of that, with new data on these areas this year.”
You can download the annual workforce report for 2015/16 from this website.
Please visit the Foundation's website: http://www.et-foundation.co.uk/research/workforce-data/ to access the annual workforce data reports from previous years.