Response to Lärarnas Riksförbund - How IES attracts outstanding teachers

A recent survey of some members of Lärarnas Riksförbund has resulted in a report suggesting IES pays low salaries. We don’t recognise our organisation in figures presented as a result of the survey.

Internationella Engelska Skolan is committed to finding and recruiting the best teachers in Sweden and from around the world. Across IES today 86 per cent of our teachers are qualified.

Our remuneration policy is clear - we provide attractive compensation which is in line with the jobs market for teachers. At the same time we live up to the collective agreement which has been made with the unions. Compensation for IES staff is competitive and we ensure that it remains so, as otherwise we would not recruit or retain the qualified, dedicated and professional teachers who educate our students.

 Annette Brodin Rampe, CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan, welcoming 650 new teachers and staff to IES in August 2018

Both external and internal surveys show that IES is an attractive employer. For example, a 2018 report from Universal FöretagsBarometern showed that Internationella Engelska Skolan was chosen by 11 per cent of student teachers, making the organisation the fourth most desirable employer in Sweden among teachers in training. A further report this year by Jobbhälsoindex Sverige and Svenskt Kvalitetsindex in cooperation with Friskolornas Riksförbund showed that teachers at free schools prefer their work environment and the support they receive from managers when compared with municipal schools. A recent study by Friskolornas Riksförbund also found that teacher salaries at free schools are in line with the national average.

Our teachers want to teach effectively - they want to be within, and contribute to, a safe and calm environment.  They want the benefit of our extra non-teaching staff, who work to ensure students' personal issues are taken care of without disrupting teaching.  Our teachers care about their subject, and they care about helping students learn; IES schools provide the ideal environment for that learning.

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