Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Cash Incentive Tempts 78% of Kiwi Teachers in UK


Cash Incentive Tempts 78% of Kiwi Teachers in UK

The New Zealand Government's latest $5,000 initiative to lure Kiwi teachers back from British schools is tempting our teachers, reveals a 1st Contact Education survey just released.

In a survey of 100 New Zealand teachers working in the UK by New Zealand owned leading teacher recruitment agency, 1st Contact Education, 78% of teachers say they are “tempted” by the offer of almost £2,000 to return home.

Although 81% of teachers surveyed said they had no immediate plans to leave the UK, 73% said with a financial incentive they would return to New Zealand within a few years.

However the 1st Contact Education survey reveals the incentive would have to double to NZ$10,000 to entice the majority of the estimated 2,000 New Zealand teachers currently working in the UK to consider returning home within a year.

With 90% of teachers surveyed rating travel opportunities and money as the main motivations for staying put, Emma Bronson, a New Zealand supply teacher with 1st Contact Education in London, says it’s important to remember that teachers who have just arrived in London are not there just for the money.

“We’re also here to experience the lifestyle and all the travel opportunities London offers - money is not the only factor. I came to the UK so I could travel across Europe and experience some of the history and culture first hand. Working in Britain brings with it a host of opportunities that go beyond simple cash handouts," she says.

The 1st Contact Education survey indicates that the more aggressive approach to recapture Kiwi teachers from British schools will work, says Director of 1st Contact Education, Mike Kaye.

“1st Contact has been in talks with the New Zealand Government to discuss ways of ensuring there is a balanced two-way flow of Kiwi teachers coming to the UK and going back,” says Mr Kaye, and with the constant demand for Kiwi teachers in Britain he expects the offer of cash will increase the turnover of teachers coming and going from New Zealand and the UK.

“There are currently 400,000 supply teachers working in the UK, and while New Zealand teachers represent a small proportion of the total, overseas governments will only get more aggressive in their approach to recapture their teachers from British schools,” he says.

“It’s also important to remember these teachers will be bringing back new skills and experiences gained from teaching overseas. So it’s New Zealand’s gain when they return home and we know that most New Zealanders do intend to return home within five years."

1st Contact Education is a leading New Zealand owned, UK based recruitment company, specialising in the placement of qualified supply teachers in UK schools. Launched in May 2001, 1st Contact Education is part of the larger 1st Contact Group. 1st Contact Education offers a wide range of teaching positions in primary, secondary and special needs education, ranging from day-to-day work, as well as short and long-term contracts.

1st Contact Group Assisting more than 750, 000 clients over the past 12 years, 1st Contact is one of the biggest providers of recruitment and immigration services to New Zealanders, Australians and South Africans in the UK.

1st Contact focuses on providing recruitment (medical, teaching and semi-skilled employment) and banking facilities, as well as tax consultation, financial management, visa/immigration issues, money, shipping and telecommunications services.

1st Contact was established in 1990 by New Zealander Mike Kaye and South African Reg Bamford; has offices in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa and employs more than 250 staff in its central London offices.

http://www.1stcontact.co.uk/NZ

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news