Here's Why Three-Quarters of Tutors Previously Worked in Teaching

February 12, 2021

Education has been dominating the media recently, with wage cuts, strikes and lack of funding at the forefront of the discussion. Since the start of the academic year 2015/16, we’ve seen a 170% increase in the number of private tutors registered on our site.

So we decided to commission a survey of our 2,000+ private tutors and discovered that three-quarters (74%) previously worked in the teaching sector and almost half (47%) confirmed that they left teaching because of the hours they had to work.

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According to our survey, a key reason for teachers leaving the profession was workload, with more than two-thirds (67%) saying it was the reason they quit. A third said they left due to unrealistic targets for student testing results (32%), just less than a fifth (18%) said unsatisfactory pay and more than a tenth (13%) cited poor treatment from students as the main reason they left teaching.

We also discovered that London has the biggest increase in teachers swapping to private tutoring, with more than four-fifths (82%) of London-based respondents making the switch. Birmingham came second with 79%, followed by Manchester at 78%.

Here are the top 10 UK cities:

  1. London – 82%
  2. Birmingham – 79%
  3. Manchester – 78%
  4. Leeds – 74%
  5. Glasgow – 68%
  6. Bradford – 61%
  7. Liverpool – 57%
  8. Edinburgh – 49%
  9. Bristol – 44%
  10. Sheffield – 39%

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Russ Morgan, co-founder of, said,

“The recent report from the Commons Education Select Committee, which found the UK government has missed teacher recruitment targets for five consecutive years, prompted us to investigate how many of our private tutors were previously teachers and were astonished by the results. In the last couple of years we’ve seen a 130% increase in the number of private tutors signing up to find students via, which makes it one of the fastest growing categories on the site.

“From our research and the report it’s obvious that the UK teaching sector is in a bit of a crisis, however I’m glad that gives ex-teachers a way to still share their knowledge with more control of their workloads!”

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