OECD warns of falling pay for teachers12/09/17Education
Teachers in England and Scotland earned less (in real terms) in 2015 than a decade before, according to the annual report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The decline in income has been compared against international trends, where the average for teachers’ pay has been increasing.
The OECD’s evaluation follow reports of plans by the UK government to lift the public sector pay caps.
The National Audit Office says that schools are finding difficulties in appointing new teachers. Amyas Morse, the head of the National Audit Office, said: “Schools are facing real challenges in retaining and developing their teachers, with growing pupil numbers and tighter budgets.”
Published annually by the OECD, the international monitoring report on education shows that for teachers in England, with 15 years’ experience, pay had fallen by 12% between 2005 and 2015, once inflation had been considered.
For those teachers in Scotland who had similar career experience, pay had decreased in value by 6% over the decade.
However, across developed countries, the survey highlighted an upward trend for teachers’ pay, on average by 6% in primary and lower secondary, and 4% for upper secondary.
The pay review body for teachers announced in July that the 1% pay increase cap for teachers would be continuing for another year.
In addition, the annual report shows that the UK continues to spend more of its national wealth on education than any other developed country, spending 6.6% of GDP.