Warning over race to the top in ‘astronomical’ MAT pay

According to TES, academy chains who only benchmark their leaders’ pay against others in the sector can lead to a “race to the top” in chief executive salaries,  a leader in school governance has warned.

Emma Knights, the chief executive of the National Governance Association told Tes that although the academy trusts were charities and part of the “third sector”, some chief executives were being offered wages that were reminiscent of those in private businesses.

She urged trusts to use the NGA’s guidance on pay which recommends looking at other public sector and charity salaries for benchmarking.

Commenting on why the majority of MATs paying £150,000 have continued to do so despite being challenged by the DfE, Ms Knights said that contracts of employment meant that employers can’t unilaterally change someone’s terms and conditions.

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