Don’t expect a 1% pay rise for everyone, teachers warned

The TES is reporting that the chief secretary to the Treasury has warned teachers should not expect to receive a 1 per cent pay rise across the board from next year. 

In a letter to the heads of public sector pay review bodies this week, Greg Hands said that despite a government commitment in the Budget last month to fund a 1 per cent rise for public sector staff for four years from 2016-17, there “should not be an expectation” that every worker would receive this rise.

He said the government would provide funding equivalent to a 1 per cent rise, but that this money should be applied in a “targeted manner” rather than shared evenly among staff.

“This may mean that some workers could receive more than 1 per cent while others could receive less; there should not be an expectation that every worker will receive a 1 per cent award,” he said.

Schools are free to set their own levels of pay for teachers and would have been able to deny some teachers a pay rise without Mr Hands’ letter. However, unions are concerned that the letter could encourage schools not to give teachers the 1 per cent rise…

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Isn’t Greg Hands just telling us what we already knew here, or do you see it – as unions fear – to be somehow upping the ante?

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  1. educationbear

    reachoutASC Indeed but that’s probably mild in some quarters – love to be a fly on the wall to hear some of these conversations!!

  2. birch_david

    SchoolsImprove Is it the place of a Treasury minister to advise schools on their performance management arrangements?

  3. Mktadvice4schls

    SchoolsImprove and how are recent grads going to view teaching now? Graduate recruiters make a lot of rapid pay.progression!

  4. KVaughan2010

    SchoolsImprove why on earth would all teachers get a 1% payrise when politicians get a measly 10%? Where’s their performance management?

  5. StephenG41HR

    SchoolsImprove Govt still doesn’t get maintained sector or importance of STPCD. Let’s consider the detail before such pronouncements.

  6. terryfish

    SchoolsImprove Great way to encourage high quality graduates into teaching! Don’t even expect 1% for the next 5 years!

  7. acet2001

    SchoolsImprove Hardly surprising that we have a recruitment crisis in schools. 5 years of abusing the profession and now this. 1% FFS!

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