The Impact of the Teacher Vacancy Crisis, Part II

The Impact of the Teacher Vacancy Crisis, Part II

Today’s teachers are feeling over-worked, over-stressed, and under-appreciated.

56 percent

56% of teachers feel their work/life balance has gotten worse in the last year.1


46% report high daily stress during the school year—a percentage equal to that of nurses.2


Only 36% of teachers feel their profession is valued.3

Most immediately, this stress takes a toll on those teachers’ health, and leads to an increase in short-term absences.

It’s also driving new and existing teachers away from the profession, creating more full-time vacancies and an even bigger long-term recruiting problem.

Teachers reported having poor mental health for 11 or more days per month. That’s 2X the rate of the general U.S. workforce.4

1 in 5 teachers plan to leave in the next two years due to an "out of control" workload.1

18% of teachers surveyed characterized their health as "fair" or "poor." That’s 30% more than other U.S. workers.4

Only 4.25% of entering freshmen choose teaching as a profession. That's a 45-year low.5

Your inability to engage reliable substitute teachers is perpetuating your teacher shortage.

Each uncovered absence and unfilled vacancy places additional burden on the educators who do show up, increasing stress and intensifying the overall problem. It's a vicious cycle, and it demands a better solution.

Together, we can create a permanent solution for temporary teachers.

With more than 22 years of experience, Kelly® Education is the leader in education talent. Our solutions help solve your most complex talent challenges—both today and in the future—by delivering talent that moves education forward.



Sources: 1. Weale, S. (2019, April 15). Fifth of teachers plan to leave profession within two years. Retrieved from 2. Gallup (2014). State of American Schools. Retrieved from 3. Camera, L. (2019, June 19). International survey: U.S. teachers are overworked, feel unappreciated. Retrieved from 4. American Federation of Teachers & Badass Teachers Association. (2017). 2017 educator quality of work life survey. Retrieved from 5. Flannery, M. (2016, March 15). Survey: Number of future teachers reaches all-time low. Retrieved from

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