International teacher recruitment and retention 2023

This specialist report analyses conversations with international school leaders and teachers over the past two years, on the shifts in teacher recruitment and retention patterns.


This specialist report provides insights from the point of view of school leaders and teachers on the challenges faced around the recruitment and retention of international school teachers.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, these challenges have become more apparent and widespread post-pandemic.  

We will share perceptions on how the recruitment arena has changed, the evolving retention efforts of schools, what the future demand for international school educators could look like in the next few years, and the importance of turnover.  

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Included in this report:

  • Recruitment
  • Retention
  • Turnover

“Speaking about teacher shortages, ….. the idea of a shortage is a misdiagnosis of the problem – that is, confusing shortage with sets of conditions which are driving teachers away from the profession or preventing people from entering the profession.” 



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