More than half of teachers (55%) on the Isle of Man are angry at the way they are being treated over pay, with nearly two-thirds (62%) admitting they are seriously considering leaving teaching altogether.
These are among the alarming key findings of an island-wide survey of teachers released today by the NASUWT, The Teachers’ Union.
Faced with this looming crisis, the union is now calling on the Department for Education and Children (DEC) to safeguard the island’s education system by acting immediately to introduce an above-inflation pay award for all Isle of Man teachers.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“This survey reveals shockingly high levels of dissatisfaction and anger among teachers on the Isle of Man, who since 2010 have seen real-term pay cuts of up to 25%, substantially worse than anywhere else in the UK.
“The NASUWT has submitted a detailed pay claim to DEC, on which we urge action is urgently taken.
“Teachers in the Isle of Man are committed professionals, who deserve to be treated and paid as such, however this is increasingly not the case.
“If DEC continues to adopt an approach to pay which is constrained by Westminster there is a real and present danger that the island’s world class education system could be at serious risk.”
NASUWT National Executive Member for the Isle of Man, Damien McNulty, said:
“It is little wonder that well over half of members stated they were angry about their pay and felt teachers were being treated unfairly by the Government.
“Additionally almost three-quarters reported declining levels of job satisfaction over the past twelve months, with one in three saying they did not receive the pay progression to which they were entitled.”
“The DEC needs to urgently address the severe erosion of pay Isle of Man teachers have faced, lest the Islands’ world-class education service could be in jeopardy.”
*NASUWT’s Isle of Man Survey 2017 was completed by 112 teachers. Headline findings included:
- 74% were seriously considering leaving their current role (62% leaving teaching altogether)
- 58% were not satisfied with their current job
- 63% reported a reduction in job satisfaction levels over the past year
- 28% of those entitled to it, have not received any pay progression over the past 12 months
- 55% said they were angry at the way teachers are being treated over pay by Government
- 65% thought DEC should do more to ensure fair pay