Teachers’ starting salaries will rise to £30k by 2022
The Government has announced a significant increase in teacher starting salaries over the next three years in a bid to attract and retain individuals to the profession.
The rise of up to £6,000 is equivalent to a 25 per cent increase but the education sector has been warned that funding will need to be found from existing budgets.
Announcing the move, education secretary Gavin Williamson said teachers should be in “no doubt that this government fully backs them in every stage of their career, starting with rewarding starting salaries”.
He continued: “I want the best talent to be drawn to the teaching profession and for schools to compete with biggest employers in the labour market and recruit the brightest and the best into teaching.”
The DfE has yet to provide detailed information on how the salary increase will affect individual school budgets, although analysts have estimated that it will cost around £130million per year.
The minimum salary increases on the main pay scale will be incremental, until the new starting pay grade reaches £30,000 in 2022.
However, as almost a quarter of current teachers are paid less than £30,000 a year, schools will face a much higher salary bill.
Jon Andrews, director at the Education Policy Institute think tank, said that whilst the DFE’s announcement represented a “much-needed policy shift”, schools will be “mindful this creates an increased cost pressure on their budgets that will erode some of the increases” – referring to the additional £1.5 billion per year being provided to schools to cover the rise in employer pension costs.