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A Concerning Number Of Irish Teachers Have To Work A Second Job

By Sarah

April 17, 2017 at 12:44pm

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It's long been general knowledge that finding steady work as a newly qualified teacher in Ireland is tough, and the latest statistics confirm this.

A survey by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) found that two in three secondary school teachers who began working in 2010 are still working in temporary or part time positions.

And the most concerning statistic of all is that one in five (18%) of young teachers are forced to work a second job in order to survive financially.

ASTI president Ed Byrne said in the Irish Independent that lack of job security and lower pay scales for  teachers employed since 2011 represent a critical threat to the future of second level teaching.

Secondary school teachers usually spend six years studying in order to qualify for the job -  and two thirds have a master's degree or post graduate diploma. 

What do you think? Do you know someone in this position?

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