TES is reporting that one union leader has written that teachers’ pay cuts cannot continue.
Teachers need a pay rise. In 2011/12 the government imposed a two-year pay freeze on public sector workers which was followed by a one per cent pay cap until 2015/16 – a cap which has now been extended for another four years.
Between 2010 and 2016, accounting for inflation, teachers have, on average, faced a real-terms pay cut of £2,273.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has commented that: “The government’s announced 1 per cent limit on annual pay increase for a further four years from 2016-17 is expected to reduce wages in the public sector to their lowest level relative to private sector wages since at least the 1990s”.
This, argues the IFS, “could result in difficulties for public sector employers trying to recruit, retain and motivate high-quality workers”.
This warning is echoed by the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) which found, in its 2016 report, that recruitment and retention was problematic, with increasing vacancies in all core subjects and difficulties in recruiting trainee teachers and retaining them in the profession.
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