Lifting the public sector pay cap

21 Sep

By Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson

September 2017

Following in the wake of the lifting (albeit very slightly) of the 1% public sector pay cap in the case of police, prison officers and firefighters, questions are naturally being raised about what is to happen in other areas of the public sector.

The Treasury has now written to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), recognising the need for flexibility in some parts of the public sector, especially in areas of skill shortage. 

With increasing numbers of graduates finding financially-rewarding career opportunities in other professions, and teacher recruitment targets missed again, we will continue to present evidence to the STRB of the need for teachers to be rewarded fairly

Voice has already shown in its STRB submissions the drastic fall in the real value of teachers’ pay over the last seven years. Current levels of pay have proved inadequate in addressing the very real recruitment and retention crisis in teaching, and Voice has warned that, without a substantial shift in policy, the situation will only get worse.

Improved salary prospects, along with revised incentives such as loan forgiveness schemes, may help to retain and recruit more teachers.   

We also support lifting the pay cap for other public sector professionals working in education, recognising and valuing the contribution of support staff, technicians and administrative staff, and lobby government to fully fund all pay awards.


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