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A substantial multi-year pay award for all teachers and school leaders in Wales is desperately needed in order to secure educational recovery and address the growing cost of living crisis.
 
The NASUWT- The Teachers’ Union has today (Friday 4 March) submitted detailed evidence on the 2022/23 pay award to the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB), which makes recommendations on teachers’ pay to the Education Minister. 
 
The evidence sets out the case for a substantial pay award restoration, commencing September 2022, highlighting that due to successive years of pay freezes and below inflation pay awards, teachers have now suffered a 19% real-terms erosion in their pay since 2010. A multi-year pay award, starting with a 12% award from 2022, is being sought by the Union.
 
Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
 
“Teachers are looking to the Review Body to act on the overwhelming evidence of the adverse impact which over a decade of real terms pay erosion is having on the recruitment and retention of teachers and on the ability to maintain world-class standards of education provision.
 
“Uncompetitive pay levels are contributing to a worsening picture on teacher supply.
 
“The Welsh Government has continuously failed to meet its own targets on ITE recruitment and there is a growing crisis of increasing numbers of teachers leaving the profession. Data shows that by 2020, over 40% of those who had entered the teaching profession ten years previously were no longer teaching.​
 
“Our 2022 Wales Teachers’ Pay Survey indicates that 61% of teachers have considered leaving their job in the last 12 months and that 49% of teachers indicated that their job satisfaction had declined.
 
“We believe that the current challenges facing the profession are so significant that the Welsh Government must look more broadly at remuneration and implement structural reform of the teachers’ pay framework to ensure it is fit for purpose in recruiting, retaining and adequately rewarding current and future cohorts of teachers.
 
“This must involve returning to a single shorter pay scale with a starting salary of at least £30k to attract good graduates into the profession and keep them there. 
 
“It is now time for the IWPRB and the Welsh Government to deliver a pay award for teachers which restores competitiveness to the profession and which reflects the critical nature of the work teachers do to help build our society and foster economic prosperity for decades to come.”

Neil Butler, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:

“Teachers have been heroic during the Covid pandemic.

“They have stayed in crowded classrooms whilst the First Minister advised people to stay at home. They have had to build new resources and learn new skills. They had to do the work of the exam board last year and had to support learners through qualifications this year. Teachers need recognition for all of this as many are now falling away from the profession exhausted.

“It is now up to the IWPRB and the Welsh Government to show some appreciation and make up for the damage done to their pay over the last twelve years."

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