Teacher pay rises branded ‘too generous’

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. 

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  1. Anonymous

    Why is it that when Leadership reach the top of their scale, the scale is simply increased to allow further pay awards? This doesn’t happen for support staff who have to apply elsewhere or have their jobs re-evaluated to get an increase in pay.

  2. Andrea Lawson

    Teachers deserve to be earning more than the private sector – they are the foundation of every persons education. Plus they have studied for 6 years to achieve the necessary qualifications in order to teach. Teachers, the Police and Nurses/Doctors deserve way more than they currently get. They are the pillars of our society.

  3. That is not automatic, nor should you assert it as a norm unless you can prove it. It is however possible as the people who are most ignorant of anything and everything to do with education (i.e. Gove and Gibb) changed the rules to allow it.

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