chapter  8
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Job satisfaction among newly qualified teachers in Scotland


Job satisfaction is an important outcome of the induction year – to complete probation successfully, new teachers should end that momentous period with positive feelings about the work that they do. However, like most other people in employment, teachers experience varying degrees of satisfaction or dissatisfaction with their jobs. The issue of job satisfaction became prominent in the 1960s and since then many studies have been carried out across the economy – for example, questions about job satisfaction are often included in national household panel surveys. Job satisfaction is closely linked to motivation, in the sense that any factors that undermine job satisfaction are also likely to undermine the extent to which one throws oneself into one’s work. Research has also shown that a significant level of job dissatisfaction is associated with resignation, always an unsatisfactory outcome and a problem for teacher supply (Wright 2006).