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Education Minister proposes 3.1% overall pay award for teachers

Y Gweinidog Addysg yn cynnig dyfarniad cyflog o 3.1% i bob athro

Education Minister Kirsty Williams has today (Wednesday, July 29) set out her proposals for teacher pay in Wales.

The proposals follow the publication of the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB) report.

The Minister has accepted in principle all of the report’s main recommendations and has also proposed further enhancements to ensure teachers in Wales receive the same increase as those in England.

The proposals would see:

  • starting salaries for new teachers increased by 8.48%.
  • a 3.1% overall increase for the teachers’ pay bill in Wales
  • a 3.75% pay rise for teachers on the Main Pay Scale
  • an end to performance-related pay progression
  • the reintroduction of national pay scales.

This is the second year the Education Minister has received advice on teacher pay from the IWPRB.

Education Minister Kirsty Williams said: ““These proposed changes will help enable the development of a distinct national system that is fairer and more transparent for all teachers in Wales.

“This is only the second year since these powers were devolved and it is already clear that the approach here in Wales is developing very differently to that adopted previously. 

“A number of important issues have also been addressed, including the introduction of experience based pay progression and national statutory pay scales; both improvements that the workforce have been calling for.

The Minister has also proposed a 2.75% pay raise for head teachers, deputy and assistant heads, unqualified teachers and leading practitioners, as well as teacher allowances - all greater than the 2.5% recommended by IWPRB.

Building upon the steps taken last year to encourage recruitment of new teachers, the proposed starting salary for new teachers increases to over £27,000 pa, teachers on the Main Pay Range receive at least a 3.75% rise and teachers on the Upper Pay Scale receive at least a 2.75% rise.

A new statutory five point pay scale would also be introduced, so new teachers would advance to the maximum of the Main Pay Range in four years – a year quicker than has previously been the case.

The Minister said:

“I would like to reemphasise our determination to promote teaching as a profession of choice for graduates and career changers.

“I believe these changes to pay and conditions will continue to attract high quality teachers to the profession in Wales.”

An eight week consultation with stakeholders will now begin, before the final pay deal is agreed.

Today’s announcement is in response to the report of the Teachers’ Pay Review Body.

The Welsh Government has a long standing commitment to pay parity and a further announcement will be made in respect of Further Education in due course.

Notes to editors

You can access the report in full from 9am on Wednesday, July 29 here:

The Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB) was established in 2019 and is tasked with considering the annual remit from the Minister for Education, considering and analysing evidence from stakeholders and providing recommendations related to teachers’ pay and conditions in Wales.

The 2020 Report provides detailed analysis of evidence and is structured into five main chapters: introduction/overview; teacher labour market; stakeholder evidence; conclusions/recommendations; further observations; and associated appendices. The Report provides seven main recommendations.

We note that the report includes data on teachers’ gross median weekly pay at primary and secondary level using the ASHE data 2019 (Section 2.42: Chart 5 and Chart 6). This can be compared across the UK and, even before these proposed pay rises, show that Welsh teachers are amongst the best paid in the UK.