New data showing teachers’ pay rises have stagnated over the last six years will only harm recruitment, the NASUWT union has said.

Schools Week reports that research from Incomes Data Research, commissioned by the union, shows teachers have not had an effective real-terms pay rise since before the recession.

Any increase in teachers’ pay lagged behind staff in other areas such as engineering, sciences and healthcare, the data showed.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said the data would directly affect schools’ ability to recruit teachers.

“Since 2010, there have been relentless attacks on teachers. Year on year cuts to teachers’ pay, workload spiralling out of control, deprofessionalisation, demoralisation and denigration.

“Resignations are up, applications to teach are down.

“Children and young people are being short changed by this government as they cannot receive their entitlement to high quality education when talented teachers are leaving and potential recruits can find jobs in other graduate occupations which recognise and better reward their talents,” said Keates.

The report found the average whole economy pay award was 2 per cent in each of 2011, 2012 and 2013, 2.5 per cent in 2014, and 2.2 per cent for 2015.

Meanwhile, teachers received no general salary increase in either 2011 or 2012, and only 1 per cent in each of 2013, 2014 and 2015, the report stated.

IDR analysis also found that the average starting salary for comparable graduate professions is at least 15 per cent higher than the national M1 starting point for a qualified teacher.


Education secretary Justine Greening said last October that there was a “strong case” for a continued 1 per cent cap on teacher pay rises in 2017-18, which the government later warned would cost schools an extra £250 million.

Greening said there should be no expectation that all teachers would get the rise. Instead, schools could choose which staff would receive it, which could be based on performance.