In a report published today (13/06/18), the Taxpayers’ Alliance argues that teachers should not receive a significant rise because their average salary of £38,400 a year is “considerably higher” than the UK average of £28,600. Tes reports.
The pressure group says that “top” teachers can earn more than £67,300 a year, and also claims there has been a “huge increase” in per-pupil funding since 1997.
According to the group, teachers’ gross pay increased by 1.6 per cent in 2016-17, but when progression was taken into account this increased to 4.6 per cent in England.
John O’Connell, chief executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “Whilst we are constantly hearing trade unions calling for more spending, this has largely gone on salary increases. This is completely unfair at a time when public sector workers are already better off, on average, than those in the private sector.”
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “It is important that the public realises that teachers’ pay has fallen well behind inflation because it has been capped or frozen since 2010 and this has led to salary levels falling in real terms.
Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU teaching union, also criticised the report.
“Even by the Taxpayers’ Alliance’s standards, this is complete nonsense,” she said.
Read the full article Teacher pay rises branded ‘too generous’
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