Headlines: January 18th, 2001

Publicity campaigns and new allowances are delivering results in recruiting more teachers and police. This is despite the counter pressure of a buoyant labour market and an ever widening pay gap between the public and private sectors.Some 17,700 people applied for postgraduate teacher training last year and this is a rise of 10%. Over 34,000 people registered with the Teaching Information Line in the last quarter of 2000 – double the number for the same period last year.

The police were even more successful. New recruits entering police training colleges rose 74% compared to last year. Some 5000 recruits have entered training since April 2000. This compares with 3000 in the same period in the previous year.

The major staff shortages are in the south east of England where the labour market is strong and housing costs are high. This results in public sector workers in London living long distances from work.

For teachers this recruitment barrier has been lowered by the Starter Home Initiative which helps many teachers to buy their first home.

The Metropolitan Police have taken a different approach with a 2.4 million pound deal with the Association of Train Operating Companies to provide free rail travel for up to 70 miles from London. This could be worth up to 3000 pounds per year for those police officers who live further from London.

PUBLICITY AND TARGETED ALLOWANCES BOOST RECRUITMENT

Publicity campaigns and new allowances are delivering results in recruiting more teachers and police. This is despite the counter pressure of a buoyant labour market and an ever widening pay gap between the public and private sectors.

Some 17,700 people applied for postgraduate teacher training last year and this is a rise of 10%. Over 34,000 people registered with the Teaching Information Line in the last quarter of 2000 – double the number for the same period last year.

The police were even more successful. New recruits entering police training colleges rose 74% compared to last year. Some 5000 recruits have entered training since April 2000. This compares with 3000 in the same period in the previous year.

The major staff shortages are in the south east of England where the labour market is strong and housing costs are high. This results in public sector workers in London living long distances from work.

For teachers this recruitment barrier has been lowered by Starter Home Initiative which helps many teachers to buy their first home.

The Metropolitan Police have taken a different approach with a 2.4 million pound deal with the Association of Train Operating Companies to provide free rail travel for up to 70 miles from London. This could be worth up to 3000 pounds per year for those who live further from London.

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