Voice Cymru: first pay deal for teachers in Wales ‘not a good start’

Minister for Education Kirsty Williams has published the first report of the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB), covering recommendations for amendments to teachers’ pay and conditions from September 2019.

Minister for Education Kirsty Williams AM has published the first report of the new Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB), covering recommendations for amendments to teachers’ pay and conditions from September 2019.

The IWPRB recommended that all statutory pay ranges and allowances be increased by 2.4 per cent. In her response, the Minister has proposed a higher pay rise for most teachers, of 2.75 per cent.

The Minister has proposed accepting the Review Body’s recommendation to uplift the minimum pay point on the teachers’ main pay range by 5 per cent.

The IWPRB’s report, the Minister's response to the IWPRB's key recommendations to Welsh Ministers and the enhanced proposed increases to teachers’ pay will be subject to an eight week stakeholder consultation.  

Voice Cymru: first pay deal for teachers in Wales ‘not a good start’

Commenting on the first report of the new Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB) and the Welsh Government’s response, Deborah Lawson, General Secretary of Voice: The Union for Education Professionals, said:

“We are pleased that Kirsty Williams has honoured her commitment that teachers in Wales should not suffer a detriment compared to teachers in England and has proposed a higher rise than the IWPRB, and also 5 percent for newly qualified teachers. However, we believe that the 5 percent should have been across the board for all teachers in order to tackle the recruitment and retention crisis in our schools.

“This pay deal must also be fully funded so that schools can implement it. It is unclear at the moment how this will be funded.

“The announcement has also been made very late, with most schools having broken up for the summer, adding further to the workload of school leaders at the beginning of the school holidays as they try to plan ahead for the new term.

“This is not a good start for the new pay system in Wales.” 

Further information

The first report of the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB)

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

Welsh Government news release

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