The hours that teachers work account for nearly a full day more in hours every week than the general public estimates, research reveals.

In addition, most people believe that teachers are earning £5,000 a year more than they actually do.

The findings have been published by the Varkey Foundation which highlight that teachers in the UK rack up the fourth highest numbers of hours every week.

Of the 35 countries polled, teachers work up to 50.9 hours, which is behind teachers in New Zealand, Singapore and Chile.

When people were asked about the number of hours worked by secondary and primary school teachers, they believed that teachers were working 45.9 hours every week.

The survey also highlighted that most people believe that a secondary school teacher’s starting salary is £29,000 – not the actual figure of £24,000.

A fair wage for a teacher

However, the public also reveals that a fair wage for a teacher would be £31,500 but teachers say this should be nearer to £33,000.

Other highlights from the charity’s survey point to the teacher status rising overall when compared to other nations since the last survey was conducted in 2013. The UK is in 10th place out of the 21 nations.

The Foundation says the results point to the strong teacher status being reflected in pupil results and the UK is ranked 12th out of the countries surveyed in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa).

Despite the fact that most people hold a teacher in high regard, few parents in the UK encourage their offspring to enter teaching.

Parents said they would encourage their child to enter teaching

In 2013, 26% of parents said they would encourage their child to enter teaching, but that figure is now 23%.

One reason for this is that the survey highlights that just 26% of people believe pupils respect teachers.

The Foundation’s founder, Sunny Varkey, said: “The index is proof to something we have instinctively known and that’s the connection between the performance of children in school and the status of a teacher in society.

“We say that beyond doubt, respecting teachers is not only a moral duty, it’s essential for educational outcomes.”

He added that when the survey was last conducted, the Foundation was alarmed about the low status of teaching around the globe.

‘Teachers are overworked and underpaid’

The Association of School and College Leaders’ (ASCL) general secretary, Geoff Barton, said: “The report shows once again that teachers are overworked and underpaid, thanks to a government imposed austerity and a series of reforms means that teachers are doing more for less.”

He added that the ASCL is happy to see the public agree that the profession deserve to be paid better, particularly since the report points to a connection between pupil performance and teacher status.

Mr Ban said: “However, it’s disappointing that few parents would want their child to become a teacher.”

This week, Damian Hinds, the education secretary, unveiled plans for reducing substantially the workload of teaching staff by easing the number of administration tasks they need to complete.