UK Launches Recruitment Drive Offering £10,000 to Foreign Teachers Amidst Staffing Shortages

In a determined effort to address the persistent shortage of teachers in English schools, the UK government has launched a recruitment drive that includes an enticing proposition: a £10,000 incentive for foreign teachers, as reported by The Times.


With the number of vacancies on the rise, ministers have set their sights on overseas recruitment, targeting teachers in crucial subjects like maths, science, and languages. Countries such as India and Nigeria will be key sources for talent, as the UK seeks to fill the staffing gaps.

To streamline the process, the government plans to revise regulations to facilitate the recognition of teaching qualifications from Ghana, India, Singapore, Jamaica, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

In a proactive move, the Department for Education (DfE) has already introduced a £10,000 “international relocation payment” to support physics and language teachers from abroad, covering visa expenses and relocation costs.

The gravity of the situation becomes apparent when considering that the government fell short of its secondary teacher recruitment target by a staggering 40 percent last year. The shortage was particularly in physics and foreign languages, with a mere 17 percent of required physics teachers and 34 percent of required foreign languages teachers being hired.


A recent report from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) shed light on the potential repercussions of these shortages. Headteachers are increasingly forced to resort to employing non-specialist teachers, which could have an adverse impact on students’ academic performance.

However, concerns have been raised about the UK’s active recruitment efforts in African countries. Aashti Zaidi Hai, chief executive of the charity Global Schools Forum, expressed apprehension about the potential detrimental effect on education in Africa, where a significant proportion of children—86 percent—are unable to read a basic text by the age of ten.

This recruitment drive occurs amidst a broader context of heightened debates on immigration within the Cabinet. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently disclosed that net migration reached a record high of 606,000 last year.

The Department for Education emphasized that the recruitment drive is just one facet of their multifaceted approach to ensuring quality education for every child. They launched a one-year trial in March, extending the opportunity to up to 400 teachers from around the world to teach in UK schools.

Meanwhile, teachers in the UK are gearing up for fresh strikes in July if their ongoing dispute over pay remains unresolved by mid-June. The National Education Union (NEU) has urged Education Secretary Gillian Keegan to address concerns regarding pay and other pressing issues, including recruitment. The NEU is currently re-balloting its members to seek a renewed mandate for continued industrial action over the next six months.

Previous Post
Uruguay Unveils Digital Nomad Visa: A Gateway to Remote Work Paradise
Next Post
Aburi Gardens Emerges as Ghana’s Most Visited Tourist Site in 2022, Surpassing Kakum National Park
Akesse Sanza

Akesse Sanza is a Ghanaian Travel Blogger, Travel and Tourism Consultant, and Anti-human Trafficking And Safe Migration advocate. Akesse loves everything Travel & Tourism and aims to see every single country in the world.

15 49.0138 8.38624 1 0 4000 1 300 0