By Elizabeth Williams, Senior Professional Officer (Wales)
The Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, has confirmed a 5% rise in the starting salary for newly qualified school teachers in Wales, while the minimum and maximum of all other teacher pay ranges and allowances will be increased by 2.75%.
Whilst Voice is pleased finally to see a confirmation of the pay increases proposed in July, we argued, along with the other unions in Wales, for a 5% across the board increase, which has not been granted.
We also do not agree with a differential pay award (i.e. certain levels of the pay range given higher increases than other levels) because we believe that this leads to distortion in pay progression. We are also disappointed that it has taken until almost half-term to confirm pay increases that should have taken effect immediately at the start of the new Autumn term.