The TES is reporting that state school teachers face a real terms salary cut of more than £3,000 by the end of the decade, according to new research by the TUC.
The TUC’s analysis found that teachers and other public sector workers will experience a 9.3 per cent real terms pay cut if the government sticks to its current pay cap and if inflation is as forecast.
The government has said it will limit public sector pay awards to 1 per cent a year to 2019-20.
The TUC’s research charts this pay growth for a range of public sector jobs with given pay levels against the Office for Budget Responsibility’s latest inflation forecast.
According to its analysis, if inflation continues in line with the OBR’s forecast, then a teacher’s salary of £32,831 in 2015-16 will only be worth £29,767 by 2020-21 in 2016 prices. This would represent a real terms pay cut of £3,064.
Frances O’Grady, the TUC’s general secretary, said: “Everyone in the UK has bills to pay, and it’s only fair that wages should at least keep up with rising living costs.
Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT heads union, said that teachers pay was “not keeping pace with other graduate professions”.
“The government must recognise that, unless they end the policy of real terms pay cuts, we will struggle to attract the best and brightest,” he said.
I agree with Russell Hobby’s point, we are facing a teacher shortage already, if they don’t keep the wages up with inflation then how do they expect to resolve the crisis? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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