Barely one in ten new teachers in Scotland find permanent jobs on completing their induction year - an all-time low - figures show.
Statistics uncovered by The TES Scotland show that just 273 out of 3,119 probationary teachers - 8.8 per cent - found permanent jobs this year in the local authority where they trained. A further 3 per cent found jobs in other authorities.
The Scottish Government has insisted that new teachers will continue to find work throughout the year. A spokesman said there were fewer probationers this year, which would help free up jobs for newly-qualified teachers.
To underline the gloomy prospects, the most recent figure for primary and secondary teachers claiming unemployment benefit was at a six-year high for the month of July: 560 teachers last month compared with 535 at the same time last year, 125 in July 2007 and 205 in July 2005.