Wanted: Maths teacher. Salary: £2.4 BILLION

We're aware that maths teachers are in short supply, but the salary alongside one job advert has raised eyebrows...

Kate Parker

College pay: Winstanley College mistakenly advertised a maths teaching post with a £2.4bn salary

We all know there’s a shortage in maths lecturers in the UK – colleges and schools are crying out for maths specialists to take up posts with them.

But one college, so it would seem, raised the bar *ever so slightly* when it comes to recruitment.

Winstanley College in Wigan advertised one maths teaching post with a cool salary of £2,409,839,329 a year. Why buy a lottery ticket when you could brush up on your maths knowledge and throw your hat in the ring for this job? Just think of all the whiteboard pens you could buy with £2.4 billion a year. 

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Not surprisingly, the role attracted plenty of attention on Twitter. Catherine van Saaloos was the first to pick up on the job advert, suggesting that Winstanley was about to be inundated with applications.

Bedford College CEO Ian Pryce  was the first big hitter to consider jumping ship: 

Others wondered where the money had come from, suggesting that the government's renewed interest in the North could explain the salary on offer.

Or would the role inadvertently exacerbate the teacher retention crisis?

Some questioned the validity of the post. Could be a human error?

It later transpired that the inflated salary was predictably caused by an old-fashioned typo (it happens even to the best of us). The confusion was caused by a missing hyphen: the post should have been advertised with a salary of £24,098 - £39,329.

The college's vice-principal, Mel Chadwick, said: "This did cause our finance director some alarm and a few raised eyebrows across college. Glad to say the error has been rectified now. I know good maths teachers are hard to find but this is going a bit far!'

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Kate Parker

Kate Parker is a FE reporter.

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