The scale of the school staffing crisis in the north-east has been laid bare in figures revealing hundreds of thousands of pounds were spent on teacher relocation packages in the last year.
The Tories claimed councils were “paying the price” for the SNP government’s failure to address the teacher shortage.
Union leaders said the sums showed councils are desperate but said enticements are “a short-term fix”.
According to the figures obtained by the Tories under freedom of information legislation, Aberdeenshire Council was Scotland’s biggest spender, shelling out £350,473 on 70 packages in 2017-18.
Aberdeenshire’s spend was a huge increase from £244,032 the previous year.
Aberdeen was third at £105,674 on 31 packages, while Moray spent £10,092.
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Figures issued this summer suggested there were 85 empty posts in Aberdeen and 55 in Aberdeenshire.
Alexander Burnett, Tory MSP for Aberdeenshire West, said: “It is clear from these figures that Aberdeenshire and the Highlands are having more difficulty than any other part of Scotland.
“These lump-sum payments can be effective recruitment tools but councils are paying the price of the SNP government’s failure to address the issue.”
The Scottish Government said it was providing £112 million this year to fund councils to maintain teacher numbers, including the 2017 teacher pay award.