• Influencing
  • Protecting
  • Campaigning

Advanced search

Pay in Scotland


Links below lead to the appropriate section of the page

2015-17 SNCT Agreement 


On 11 September 2015, the NASUWT, the fastest growing teachers’ union in Scotland, rejected the 2015-17 pay and conditions offer for teachers from local authority employers.

The NASUWT has rejected the offer as inadequate and unacceptable to address the shortfall in teachers’ pay and working conditions since 2011.

The key elements of the 2015-17 offer were as follows:

  1. A two-year pay deal providing a 1.5% uplift for 2015/16 and a further 1% uplift for 2016/17 on all scales and spinal points.
  2. To agree that an evaluation and review of the impact of the recommendations of the Supply Teachers' Working Group will be concluded by January 2016 with a view to addressing any ongoing issues in the delivery of supply teaching.
  3. To agree a statement and principles for managing teacher workload.

On canvassing members’ opinion on the offer there was overwhelming support for a rejection. The offer:

  • does not make any progress towards restoring teachers’ pay to pre-2011 levels, despite the fact that teachers are thousands of pounds worse off as a result of the year-on-year real-terms cuts to their salaries;
  • fails to address the full restoration of supply teachers’ pay and conditions, with the Employer instead opting for a delaying tactic rather than recognising that the main solution to improving availability of supply cover is to fully restore supply teachers’ pay and conditions immediately.
  • seeks to link the development and implementation of strategies to address and manage teacher workload with accepting the pay offer. Excessive workload remains the chief concern of members and schools and employers should already be putting in place effective strategies to tackle this issue as a result of recommendations agreed by the Scottish Government’s Tackling Bureaucracy Working Group. Strategies to address and manage teacher workload should not, therefore, be dependent on accepting pay offers which will worsen teachers’ pay and conditions of service.
  • will not address the deeply worrying trend of teacher shortages, to which pay and workload are contributing factors.

A more detailed summary of the offer and the NASUWT position is available in the following:

The NASUWT has been undertaking a continuing campaign of industrial action since 2011 over pay and conditions of service, including workload and job loss, in furtherance of its national trade dispute with the Scottish Government. This action will continue in order to seek to protect teachers against attacks on their conditions of service. Further information is also available in support of the NASUWT industrial action.

There is clear anger and frustration at the refusal by Employers and the Scottish Government to act to reverse the attacks on their pay and conditions which are driving up stress levels and contributing to a record low in teacher morale.

In February 2016 the NASUWT wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning demanding the re-opening of pay negotiations for 2016-17. The NASUWT is the only teacher union to demand the re-opening of pay negotiations and to campaign for pay levels which reward Scottish teachers appropriately.  

Pay Scales


The NASUWT Salary Card is available at Teachers and Leadership Group Salary Scales (Scotland)


Teachers' Pay


The number of scales, their points and the salary for each point are determined by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT). The generation of a management structure on the basis of these scales lies completely with the local authorities. Principal Teacher posts have now been introduced in the primary sector also. 

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (new window) (GTCS) Code of Competency provides the definition of competence which is used for the Standard for Full Registration and also sets out the process for dealing with short lived under performance and long running under performance. This code is not intended as a stick to beat fully qualified teachers with, rather it is intended to provide a base line which can be used for professional review and development.

Family Friendly Rights


Advice on the legal requirements is assessing risks in relation to new and expectant mothers’ job activities is set out in the Health and Safety Executive booklet New and Expectant Mothers at Work (new window).

The NASUWT produces guidance for members with children on the provisions for Maternity, paternity and parental leave and pay. The guidance also contains information on rights to time off for family and domestic reasons.

Members have the right to apply to work flexibly where they have:

  • children aged under 17;
  • disabled children aged under 18; or
  • carer responsibilities. 

The NASUWT has produced guidance on requesting Flexible working

Each Local Authority will have a job share policy agreed with the local Negotiating Committee for Teachers (LNCT) that regulates the application process, as well as what happens when one job sharer leaves or wants to become full time.

Any Salary Sacrifice arrangements or other family friendly policies will be contained within a local agreement. 

Temporary workers and supply teachers


The NASUWT provides advice on the rights of Supply Teachers, Teachers who work on a temporary basis or fixed-term contracts

Any teacher taking on a temporary or ‘fixed-term’ contract should contact the Scotland National Centre.



The NASUWT provides a brief outline of the various tax allowances which teachers are eligible to claim under UK legislation in the NASUWT's brief guide to tax for teachers and Supply Teachers: You and Your Tax.

Further Education Colleges


Further Education Colleges do not have nationally agreed pay or terms and conditions of employment. Each establishment agrees their own.

Further information or assistance


Members needing further information or assistance should contact the 

Scotland National Centre.