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2018/19 Pay Award Update

On 6 September 2018, the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), representing the Employers, made a pay offer to the NASUWT and other teachers’ unions. The pay offer provides for:

  • a 3% pay increase to all salary grades up to £80,000;
  • a flat rate increase of £1,600 on all salary grades of over £80,000.

This offer is for 2018/19 until 31 March 2019, backdated to 1 April 2018.

In addition, the Government has proposed shortening the main grade salary scale, resulting in pay increases to the main grade salary points, to increase recruitment and retention. The changes to the main grade scale would be backdated to 1 August 2018.

This has been considered carefully by the NASUWT in order to inform our response to the Teachers’ Panel of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT).

At the meeting, the NASUWT made the following points on the offer:

  • the shortening of the main grade salary scale and the uplift of the salary points on it, will reward teachers who are starting out or in the first few years of their teaching career which is to be welcomed and may aid recruitment to the profession and retention in the early years of teaching;
  • notwithstanding the above, the Union believes that any restructuring of the pay system should have been the subject of detailed consultation and not carried out in a piecemeal way;
  • the failure to reward appropriately the more experienced teachers, including chartered teachers and those in leadership posts, is not acceptable. It does not go far enough to restore the decline in pay suffered by more experienced classroom teachers or those in promoted posts. Recruitment and retention to those posts is also an issue which needs to be addressed;
  • the NASUWT made a detailed evidence-based submission on pay and proposed that there should be a move away from one-off ad hoc annual awards in favour of a planned approach over three years to address the 18% shortfall in teachers’ pay since 2011. There is no evidence that this is a planned approach to closing that gap.

In the light of the above, the NASUWT requested that further representations be made to the Government and the Employers to press for an improved offer, as it was important to recognise the step in the right direction the offer represented for new and recently qualified teachers but also recognise that for the majority of teachers the offer fell short of the NASUWT’s expectation.

The offer overall would not address the growing concerns about teacher supply and for the many teachers, struggling under the burdens of excessive workload and deteriorating working conditions, that would see this as a failure by the Employers and the Government to value their commitment and contribution.

The NASUWT will continue to update members on all developments relating to the 2018/19 teachers’ pay award.