Early Career Teachers and ECT job opportunities in the UK

With an expansive school network and expertise in education, we offer a bespoke career service for Early Career Teachers (ECTs).

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Early Career Teachers and ECT job opportunities in the UK

With an expansive school network and expertise in education, we offer a bespoke career service for Early Career Teachers (ECTs).

Search for a Job

Our recruitment experience in ECT jobs

No matter your preferences and ambitions, we’ll offer school roles tailored around you. 

The current skill shortages in both primary and secondary education means there are great prospects for ECTs. There are excellent professional development opportunities and plenty of space to establish your future career in teaching. 

Our team of expert education consultants work with a diversity of primary and secondary schools across the UK to find you roles most suitable for ECTs, from daily supply, to long term and permeant positions.  Being specialists in education, we speak the language of teachers, understanding both the challenges and opportunities they face. This deep understanding of education and teachers’ needs is why we can become your lifelong partner in this incredibly rewarding profession. 

Being so much more than a recruiter, we’ll provide ongoing careers support, training and wellbeing services to scaffold your ECT year and beyond. You’ll get access to a free suite of online CPD training courses to support your career in education – all accessible from the seamless Hays app. The courses cover a multitude of relevant topics – from de-escalation techniques to SEND training – helping you keep up to date with education legislation and compliance, whilst also advancing your skills and knowledge. And for education professionals looking to quickly access the latest roles on the go, the Hays app has everything you need to find the right opportunity for you. 

Browse our latest ECT opportunities or explore alternative career paths in education – from TA roles to finance jobs. 


Schools we work with to recruit ECT teacher jobs

Our close partnerships with local authorities and respected schools across the UK enable us to offer a wide range of ECT positions. With thousands of institutions in our network, you’ll have superior choice when choosing the right job for you.  

We also know which institutions offer the best mentoring and support for ECTs, meaning we can give you transparent advice at a critical stage in your career. And with our extensive network of multi academy trusts (MATs), we offer jobs opportunities where you can gain valuable experience, professional development and career progression across multiple schools. 

You’ll find ECT-suitable jobs available across the country, including locations like London, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, and Birmingham.  

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There is a clear demand for soft skills in school teaching. Our Education Salary and Recruiting Trends Guide 2022 identified the following as being most desired by employers: 

  • Communication and interpersonal 
  • Flexibility and adaptability 
  • Ability to adopt change 
  • Emotional intelligence 
  • Coordinating with others 

Being IT competent will also be important for most teaching posts; especially with many schools having a more established online lesson presence. 

It is also worth being aware of the Teachers’ Standards you will be assessed against during your ECT induction period. 

Most ECT positions require you to complete an application form via your desired school’s website. This should accompany a personal statement detailing your suitability for the role – and importantly – the school. 

Our specialist consultants can guide you through the entire application process, providing tailored advice for your CV and expert interview tips

Get in touch with our dedicated team today.