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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 19, Number 3, Nov./Dec. 2006

Supply and demand statistics

  1. How many teachers are likely to retire in the next 5 years?

    Approximately 10,000—Each year for the past 5 years approximately 1,500 teachers have retired. This past year, the figure was 1,805—up by about 200 over the previous year. With about 35% of the teaching work force between the ages of 50 and 59, and an average retirement age of 59, we can expect retirements to remain close to 2005 levels for at least the next 5 years. This means we can expect approximately 10,000 retirements over the next 5 years.

  2. The numbers of teachers retiring will not be consistent across districts.

    Some districts have a younger overall teaching force than others. In Coquitlam, for example, 29% of the teaching workforce is 50 years or older, whereas in Nanaimo, this figure is 44%.

  3. How many new teachers are hired each year?

    About 1,000—In 2005, there were 1,135 teachers (about 3.4% of all teachers) with 1 or less years of teaching experience, which means these teachers were likely new hires for that year.

    For each of the 3 years prior to this year there were only about 600 new teachers hired but in 2000 and 2001, the numbers were closer to current new hires—about 1,200 per year.

  4. How many teachers have fewer than 5 years teaching experience?

    There are approximately 6,400 teachers with 5 or fewer years teaching experience. This represents about 19% of the teacher work force. (About 40% of teachers have fewer than 10 years teaching experience.)

  5. How many new teachers graduate each year?

    The universities and university/colleges in the province graduate approximately 1,800 to 2,000 graduates from teacher education programs per year.

  6. How many teachers on call are there?

    About 6,500—According to the BCTF Member System, (October 2006) there are currently 6,536 teachers on call. This number is about 900 more than recorded in the January 2006 snapshot.

– Colleen Hawkey, BCTF Research

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