There were an additional 7,610 people who had qualified during 1998 but were not teaching by March 1999. This represented some 28% of those who had completed their training as teachers. Some of these will have been working as supply teachers or as part-time teachers not covered by the Pension Scheme from whic the DfEE derive their data. A small number will be on VSO or otherwise teaching abroad and some will have stayed in higher education to commence research degrees.
Although London has the greatest number of teaching vacancies it is also the Region that trains the largest number of teachers (3,950 in 1998). Of these, some 2,810 were shown as teaching in schools, equally divided between primary and secondary schools.
Nearly half of the new teachers were under 25 when they started teaching and three quarters were under 30. Less than one per cent were over 50 when they entered the classroom, mostly to teach in secondary schools. Overall, women outnumbered men amongst this intake of new teachers by three to one with the ratio in the secondary sector being two to one in favour of women.