Av­er­age pay for teach­ers hits £38k

Daily Mail - - News - By Eleanor Hard­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Correspondent

TEACH­ERS are now paid an av­er­age salary of £38,400 – and got a pay rise of al­most 5 per cent last year, fig­ures re­veal.

Cam­paign­ers said their earn­ings far sur­pass the UK av­er­age salary of £28,600, de­spite claims they are un­der­paid.

It comes af­ter the Left-wing Na­tional Union of Teach­ers de­manded a pay rise for teach­ers, say­ing their salaries had been eroded.

But anal­y­sis by the Tax­Pay­ers’ Al­liance sug­gests teach­ers are paid more than many other work­ers – with se­nior teach­ers earn­ing more than £67,300 a year. Mean­while, heads can earn up to £117,000 in inner Lon- don and £110,000 in the rest of Eng­land and Wales.

The re­search found teach­ers’ gross pay in­creased by 1.6 per cent in 2016-17. This was be­low the in­fla­tion rate for that year, how­ever, when in­di­vid­ual pay rises caused by peo­ple be­ing pro­moted into higher pay bands were taken into ac­count, av­er­age pay rose by 4.6 per cent.

The re­port, based on Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion fig­ures, said: ‘Teach­ers have been en­joy­ing a pay rise and so there is no need to in­crease their salary fur­ther at this point.’

But Ge­off Bar­ton, of the As­so­ci­a­tion of School and Col­lege Lead­ers, said: ‘Teach­ers’ pay has fallen well be­hind in­fla­tion be­cause it has been capped or frozen since 2010.’

‘No need for a fur­ther in­crease’

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