Scottish Teachers: Pay negotiations update

Date: 10.03.14
Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT)



10 March 2014:


SNCT: New deal for teachers' pay (pdf)

5 March 2014 


Following the affirmative outcome of the EIS ballot, Voice anticipates formal acceptance of the package (see below) at the next SNCT meeting on 10 March 2014.

We are also aware that a number of local authorities have given notice that they plan to leave COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) in April 2015, including: Aberdeen, Dumfries and Galloway, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, South Lanarkshire and West Lothian. Glasgow is expected to make announcements on itsfuture membership of the organisation.

Voice will continue to monitor developments. For further information or discussion of this issue, contact

13 February 2014 

Revised pay package

The Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers met on 3 February 2014 to discuss a revised pay package from April 2013 – March 2015. 

The package consists of the following: 

  • Two year pay deal providing a 1% uplift for 2013-14 and a further 1% uplift for 2014-15 on all scales and spinal points.
  • Short-term supply to be defined as 2 days from 1 April 2014.  Currently short-term supply is defined as 5 days.
  • No cap on the maximum class contact time for short-term supply teachers. Short-term supply teachers may work up to the maximum pupil contact time.
  • An automatic 10% preparation and correction time: currently short-term supply teachers get 2.5 hours' preparation and correction time each week.
  • Scottish Government Contribution: a sum of £1.5million+ per annum to be baselined in the local government settlement in Scotland.
  • All sides agreeing the revised SNCT McCormac Working Group recommendations with implementation to new conditions of service from 1 August 2014.
  • Working Group: a tri-partite orking group chaired by COSLA to be established and tasked with identifying practical answers to common issues with availability of supply teachers.

Voice expressed concern regarding certain aspects of the practical operation of the McCormac recommendations.

However, as part of this revised pay deal, additional protection is to be provided to teachers by way of an SNCT statement on professionalism (Word).

There are also slight revisions to the Code of Practice, which aim to clarify the role of the LNCT and offer additional protection that time for preparation and correction during any period of flexibility will be guaranteed within that agreed period.

Assurance has also been provided that the LNCT Working Group intend to provide further clarification on the finer details of how flexibility in the 35 hour working week will operate in practice. 

On the basis of the above assurances provided in relation to this pay package, this offer has been accepted by Voice and will be backdated to April 2013 if agreed formally through the SNCT.


January 2014


As members may be aware, teachers’ pay negotiations for 2013-2015 are currently under way. 

We would anticipate further news on this in the coming weeks and an update will provided here. 

Should any members have any queries, pleases


4 September 2013

Scottish Teachers: Pay negotiations update

Following negotiations at the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT), the Scottish Government and the unions are considering COSLA's offer of a two-year pay deal. This would mean a general increase of 1% for the current year, backdated to April, and a similar rise next year.

The offer is linked to a number of changes in terms and conditions following the McCormac report,  including the removal of the agreement safeguarding the duties that should and should not be carried out by teachers.

"Short-term supply" will also be redefined, meaning teachers will be paid the full rate after three days, rather than the previous five. Teachers receiving the lower rate will also be paid 10 per cent extra for preparation and correction.

Voice's Scottish Executive Committee is considering this offer in detail at present before Voice reports back to the SNCT.


Further information on Scottish teachers' pay & conditions



Jennifer Hannah
Senior Professional Officer (Scotland)