(fashion) All teachers will be paid at least £30,000 a year following a £6,000 pay rise for new starters – the biggest increase in two decades.
The major giveaway is set to make the profession among the most competitive in the graduate jobs market from 2022.
It is hoped the move will attract the very brightest graduates – including those who would normally choose top-paying jobs in consultancy or the civil service.
Many youngsters want to get into teaching, but in the past have been put off by the starting salary of around £24,000. The proposed new salary would put teaching well into the top half of post-university jobs in terms of pay, and will help new teachers get on to the housing ladder much earlier.
Research by employment website Graduate Jobs recently found average starting salaries for all graduates were between £21,000 and £25,000.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson joined a science class at Beauchamp College, Leicester last Friday
Under the plans – announced today by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson – the £30,000 threshold for teachers will apply both to new starters and to those currently working who are earning below that.
It comes amid a shortage of good teachers in some of the most needy schools. Science and maths specialists are particularly hard to recruit, because graduates in these fields can earn enormous salaries working in other sectors such as finance and technology.
Mr Williamson said: ‘Teachers truly are the lifeblood of a school and I have been instantly impressed by the dedication, commitment and hard work that I have seen from those at the front of our classrooms.
Mr Williamson spoke to staff at Beauchamp College, Leicester. Under new plans announced today, the £30,000 threshold for teachers will apply both to new starters and to those currently working who are earning below that
‘I want the best talent to be drawn to the teaching profession and for schools to compete with the biggest employers in the labour market and recruit the brightest and best into teaching.
‘Teachers should be in no doubt that this Government fully backs them in every stage of their career, starting with rewarding starting salaries, and giving them the powers they need to deal with bad behaviour and bullying and continue to drive up school standards right across the country.’
Currently, the minimum salary for teachers in England and Wales is £23,720, while for those in inner London it is £29,664.
A London weighting will also be added for the new £30,000 threshold, so