Pay gap between teachers and other graduates widens

The TES is reporting that the pay gap between teaching and other graduate jobs has widened by more than a third in a year, increasing fears of a deepening recruitment crisis for schools.

The worrying statistical picture is found in an analysis commissioned by the NASUWT teaching union that demonstrates the impact of the “most buoyant” graduate jobs market in nearly a decade.

The Incomes Data Research (IDR) study shows that the national median starting salary for graduates was £26,500 in 2015 – 19 per cent higher than the £22,244 for new teachers outside London.

In 2014, the gap was just 14 per cent, according to IDR.

Chris Keates, NASUWT general secretary, said: “Understandably, graduates are increasingly looking to other higher-paid professions, where not only are they better remunerated [but] their working conditions far surpass those of their teacher colleagues.

“It is very clear that there is a recruitment and retention crisis in the education service. The stark differences in pay for graduates that has been highlighted in our latest research will unfortunately mean that this crisis is only set to worsen.”…

See more in the 5 February edition of TES.

More at Exclusive: Pay gap between teachers and other graduates widens


See more on this also directly from MASUWT at: NASUWT warns teachers’ pay review body that chaos, confusion, unfairness and discrimination is rife in schools

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There seems no doubt that teaching benefited by being comparatively more attractive in the latest financial downturn – if it is now falling further behind, at a time we already need more and more teachers, things are going to be really tricky, aren’t they?

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  1. Teacher recruitment and retention will only worsen if graduates can get better paid jobs elsewhere (and without the stress that comes with teaching).

  2. Toomuchstress

    I have had a pay cut since I started teaching in 2005 and my pension has been altered twice! I am now told I need to work to 67. Screw that! I’m off!! After 10 years, the stress, discrimination, favoritism and lack of support has led to me quitting a job I loved. Enough!

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The news on recruitment in teaching gets worse; I shall listen out for more denial from DfE ministers

  4. egaliteacher

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove what you will hear is the same stuff re incentives for grads, ignoring issues of longer term pay and retention

  5. andylutwyche

    egaliteacher SchoolsImprove If you study the figures teachers in some subjects take a pay cut when they qualify and take a job

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