Autumn Statement: Teachers face more misery over pay

The TES is reporting that teachers could face at least four more years of pay misery after George Osborne announced yet more restraint in public sector salaries today…

Giving his Autumn Statement to the Commons today, the chancellor spelt out his plans for the economy, which gave no assurances to protect the Department for Education’s spending and spelt out plans to limit public sector pay rises.

The profession has already endured four years of pay freezes and marginal 1 per cent salary increases since the coalition came to power, and today’s announcement looks equally bleak.

In his speech, Mr Osborne said: “Our control of public sector pay these past four years has delivered £12 billion of savings. By continuing to restrain public sector pay we expect to deliver commensurate savings in the next Parliament until we have dealt with the deficit.”

Treasury documents go further, stating that the government will need to “continue to reform, and take tough decisions on, public sector pay while it continues to reduce the current budget deficit until 2017-18”.

The news was condemned by teachers’ leaders who said the workforce had already suffered its fair share of the burden.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT claimed teachers had been dealt with a 15 per cent cut in their pay packets in real terms…

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In fairness, I believe graduates working in the private sector have faired, on average, even worse than teachers over recent years (at least according to STRB figures), but what do you feel about the prospect of several more years of pay restraint? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The Tories know that public sector workers tend not to vote for them so this is a no-brainer for them

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove This is a “no votes lost” policy; ploughing £billions into roads and NHS may win some. It’s all about votes not people/staff

  3. andrew_1910

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove The market will decide. At the point where teaching becomes unattractive, we’ll see fall in entrants…oops…

  4. andylutwyche

    andrew_1910 SchoolsImprove One could argue that we have already reached that point, especially if true recruitment stats are released

  5. andrew_1910

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I think you’re right. Still no reason why classes of 60 shouldn’t succeed. I’m sure it works in North Korea.

  6. andylutwyche

    andrew_1910 SchoolsImprove They could all deliriously clap when I enter the classroom – I’ve seen footage from Pyongyang!

  7. artmadnana

    SchoolsImprove bleak prospects coupled with relentless workload will result in teachers taking their degrees elsewhere. No loyalty deserved

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