Announcement on teacher pay (Wales)

Independent Welsh Pay Review Body: second report 2020 and Welsh Government proposals, plus comment from Voice Cymru

Voice Cymru comments on teacher pay announcement

Commenting on the announcement of the proposed pay award for teachers in Wales, Voice Cymru’s Senior Professional Officer, Elizabeth Williams, said:

“While we recognise the current difficult economic circumstances, we are disappointed by the 3.75% pay rise for teachers on the Main Pay Scale and the 2.75% increase for head teachers, deputy and assistant heads and unqualified teachers.  We had recommended an across-the-board increase of 5% for all teachers and school leaders, following a real-term decline in the value of teachers’ pay.

“However, we welcome the by 8.48% increase in starting salaries for new teachers.

"We also welcome the end to performance-related pay progression and the reintroduction of national pay scales – which Voice had recommended.

“We will study the IWPRB report in depth and will respond in detail to the Welsh Government’s consultation. 

“We are concerned that schools may have to fund this pay increase from their own budgets, resulting in cuts in other areas of school expenditure. We recommended that the increase should be fully funded by the Welsh Government.”

Update, 30 July 2020

IWPRB's recommendations step in the right direction but disappointing pay increases
An analysis of the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body's 2nd report and the Cabinet Minister's response to the IWPRB's recommendations.

Further information

Welsh Government news (29 July 2020): Education Minister proposes 3.1% overall pay award for teachers
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;
  • a 2.75% pay raise for head teachers, deputy and assistant heads, unqualified teachers and leading practitioners, as well as teacher allowances;
  • an end to performance-related pay progression
  • the reintroduction of national pay scales

An eight-week consultation will be carried out before the final pay deal is agreed.  

Written Cabinet Statement: Report and recommendations from the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB)

Independent Welsh Pay Review Body: second report 2020

Draft School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions (Wales) Document 2020 and guidance on school teachers’ pay and conditions (pdf)

Voice Cymru: Submissions to the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body 2020

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