Tuesday 12 September

A major education report, produced by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), has confirmed that teachers' salaries in both Scotland and England fell in real terms during the decade 2005-2015.

This is in contrast to the general trend across OECD countries, where teacher salaries rose in real terms over that period. The report Education at a Glance 2017 also highlights that teachers' salaries are lower on average than the earning of other tertiary educated workers.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "This major report from the OECD confirms that teachers in this country have seen their salaries cut, in real terms, over the past decade. This is in stark contrast to the picture across other OECD countries, where teachers’ rates of pay actually increased in real terms."

"Clearly, the government can no longer claim that cuts to teachers' pay were an inevitable result of the global economic crisis."

"It was a political choice, in this country, to cut teachers' pay and it is a decision that has contributed to the growing recruitment challenge and teacher shortages that exist in many parts of the country."

"It is more clear than ever that corrective action must be taken now to reverse this decline, and to give our teachers a proper pay rise and fair salaries for the vital work that they do.”

In Scotland, teachers have not yet received a pay settlement for 2017-2018, and discussions are continuing via the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT).

Commenting, Mr Flanagan said, "We have already rejected a 1% pay offer from employers for this year, and we welcome the recent commitment from the Scottish Government to remove the damaging pay-cap on public sector employees in the next financial year."

"We will continue discussions with employers via the SNCT on this year's long overdue pay settlement, and are already starting to build towards a major campaign on restoring teachers' pay to at least the levels set out in the 21st Century (McCrone) Agreement."

"Scotland has one of the best qualified teacher workforces in the world, and holds the profession to a very high set of professional standards. The EIS is clear that this must be reflected in rates of pay, and that Scotland’s teachers must receive a significant pay increase in the near future."