Teachers face one percent pay cap for the seventh year running

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28th July 2017 11:54 - Education

Teachers face one percent pay cap for the seventh year running: In the midst of this recruitment crisis, teachers are the target of austerity measures, as their pay rise has been capped. 

 

Teachers face one percent pay cap for the seventh year running

 

 

The pay increase for teachers has remained below 1% since 2010, with the current pay cap at a 1% increase. 

 

The pay cap currently rests significantly below the current inflation rate, which is close to 3%. This statistic is nearly at a four year high, with teachers’ disposable income cutting every year, for the last seven years.

 

The National Union for Teachers, (NUT), has stated that teachers have received a pay fall of 13% in real terms.

 

On the other hand, the austerity measures that have recently been put into place are serving the economy very well. The budget deficit is now -3% of GDP, which is substantially better than 2010 - when the cap began - where the budget deficit was at -9.6% of GDP. This has been accompanied by a low, but fairly regular, GDP growth rate. 

 

Despite the fact that this directly effects teachers, there is a likelihood that this will have a knock-on effect with schools across the UK; regardless of the fact that 30% of new teachers reportedly left their job in 2016.

 

Additionally, the quality of education has been called into question after a drop in A* and A grades at A-level in 2016 and 39% of primary school children failing to meet the expected standards.

 

Nonetheless, the number of undergraduates attending university have yet again risen, with a significant increase of students from disadvantaged backgrounds attending top league universities. Additionally, as of yet, there has been no report to evidence that the budget deficit directly the affects the standard of student grades; mainly because of other numerous factors surrounding the current situation.

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