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S5W-10136: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 5 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many vacant teaching posts there are in (a) Aberdeen, (b) Aberdeenshire, (c) Angus and (d) Dundee, and what action it is taking to reduce these numbers.

Answered by: John Swinney 26 July 2017

The Scottish Government does not collect formal statistics on teacher vacancies.

However, to strengthen the annual teacher workforce planning exercise for 2017-18, local authorities were asked to provide teacher vacancy numbers as at
21 September 2016. This information was collected solely for the purpose of informing the annual teacher workforce planning exercise. It is a snapshot of the teacher vacancy situation as at 21 September 2016. The following table shows primary and secondary full-time and part-time teacher vacancies at that time:


Local Authority

Primary and Secondary Teacher Vacancies:

Full time and Part-time









Current teacher vacancy information is available from individual local authorities or at

The Scottish Government recognises that local authorities are facing challenges in teacher recruitment in some subjects and is taking a number of actions to help recruit and retain teachers, and widen the pool of available talent. We have committed £88 million this year so every school has access to the right number of teachers. We also announced an additional £3 million to train an extra 371 teachers next year and in February we launched a new teacher recruitment campaign 'Teaching Makes People' which focuses on STEM subjects. We are also supporting innovative new teacher education routes to attract STEM graduates into teaching.