A new analysis finds that private tutors earn almost 40% more than secondary school teachers, with a pay gap of £9 per hour.
The research, which was carried out by Tutor Hunt finds that the average private tutor is paid £31.35 per hour, which is £9 more than secondary school teachers, who are paid an average hourly rate of £22.73, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Interestingly, the analysis also found that there’s very little gender pay gap in the tutoring industry, compared to that of classroom teaching. In some cases, the gender pay gap amongst male and female classroom teachers is as high as 15.6%, with male teachers receiving higher hourly rates. In tutoring, however, the difference in pay between females and males is reported to be one penny.
It should be noted, however, that the analysis looks at hourly rates and not yearly salaries, which could explain the difference in earnings. Given that most private tutoring sessions take place in the evening and at weekends, tutors usually work less hours per week than teachers and so are likely to charge more. As self-employed individuals, tutors also don’t benefit from sick pay, paid holidays and workplace pensions, all of which need to be accounted for in a tutor’s hourly rate.
Tutor Hunt's analysis was taken from data from over 2,200 qualified teachers who teach English or maths at up to A level.
Original source: TES
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