HC Deb 23 January 1981 vol 997 c247W
Mr. Field

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list (a) the number of teachers unemployed in the September of each year since 1974 and (b) the numbers trained each year who were unable to gain jobs on completion of their courses.

Dr. Boyson

The following is the information requested:

a. Numbers of people registered with the Department of Employment in England and Wales as unemployed and seeking school teaching posts were:

1974 2,313
1975 3,911
1976 7,187
1977 11,787
1978 11,461
1979 10,430
1980 11,616

b. The numbers of newly trained teachers in England and Wales who were unemployed and still seeking teaching posts in the autumn of each year were*

1974 No comparable data available
1976 10,000
1977 7,500
1978 4,500
1979 2,500
1980 2,500
* The figures come from special surveys and are rounded to the nearest 500. They are calculated on the assumption that newly trained teachers about whom the surveys yielded no information were unemployed in the same proportions as those about whom there was information.