England’s teachers get developed world’s second biggest pay cut

The new figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) cover the period between 2005-2017 for teachers with 15 years experience and typical qualifications. Tes reports.

Those in England have been a hit by a 10 per cent pay cut, with only teachers in crisis-hit Greece having to endure a bigger loss, today’s Education at a Glance report shows.

Unlike England and Greece, most countries have seen teacher pay change differently by sector. On average, across the 28 OECD countries and economies with comparable data, primary teacher pay rose by 8 per cent, lower secondary by 7 per cent and upper secondary by 5 per cent.

“Since compensation and working conditions are important for attracting, developing and retaining skilled and high-quality teachers and school heads, it is important for policy makers to carefully consider their salaries and career prospects as they try to ensure both quality teaching and sustainable education budgets,” the reports states

The highest rises in the past 12 years went to teachers in Poland, Hungary, Israel, Luxembourg, Norway and Sweden where pay increased by more than 20 per cent on average during this time.

The statistics also show that starting salaries are comparatively low for teachers in England, but then progress more rapidly than in other countries – meaning that after 15 years’ of experience, teachers are paid above the OECD average.

While teachers’ salaries may be low, headteachers in England have the second highest average wages in the developed world.

Read how the rest of the OECD countries fared England’s teachers get developed world’s second biggest pay cut

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