Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Workforce - Can't Pay the Bills? Get a 'Sugar Daddy': News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Workforce - Can't Pay the Bills? Get a 'Sugar Daddy': News

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US dating site says low pay is driving its 40,000 teacher users.

Thousands of female teachers in the US are exploring an unusual way of supplementing their income: finding a "sugar daddy" online. According to a US-based dating website dedicated to connecting wealthy older men with younger women, approximately 40,000 teachers are looking for a sugar daddy to help them pay the bills.

SeekingArrangement.com describes itself as the number one website in the world for what it calls "mutually beneficial relationships between generous men and sugar babies". It matches men offering a predetermined monthly allowance with "attractive, intelligent, ambitious and goal- oriented" younger women. The site also has thousands of members in the UK.

SeekingArrangement.com's founder Brandon Wade said the number of teachers signing up rose dramatically just as the profession was hit by a dip in salary. Teachers typically ask for around $3,000 a month in financial assistance, he added.

"Teachers are placed under enormous pressures to mould the young minds of tomorrow, but are expected to do so with less wages than their peers and by working longer hours," he said in a statement. …

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