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Staff numbers rise by 2.5%;In brief

The number of teachers employed by local authorities has increased from 52,565 to 53,878 in the past year, a rise in full-time equivalent numbers of 2.5 per cent. This is the highest total since December 1994 and compares with an overall decrease of 0.6 per cent between December 1997 and 1998.

The quarterly census - carried out by the Scottish Office and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities - reveals that Shetland employs the greatest ratio of teachers: 22 for every 1,000 people against a Scottish average of 10.5.

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