Scottish teaching salaries fall behind international colleagues says OECD

Sep 12, 2018 by

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THE salaries of Scottish teachers have declined in comparison to their international colleagues, according to new figures.

A major report on education systems around the world found the value of pay for secondary staff in Scotland has declined by five per cent since 2005.

The report, by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), said: “In contrast to the general trend across OECD countries, teachers’ statutory salaries in England and Scotland fell in real terms between 2005 and 2017, by about 10 per cent in England and about five per cent in Scotland.”

The OECD figures show an average salary in primary schools around the developed world are £42,000, while teachers in secondary get an average of £45,000. In Scotland, teachers at the top of the scale in both primary and secondary are paid £36,500.

The figures come as teaching unions threaten strike action in a battle to secure a pay rise of ten per cent. Teachers have been offered three per cent, although a new offer would see those at the bottom and top of the pay scales receive more.

Source: Scottish teaching salaries fall behind international colleagues says OECD | HeraldScotland

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