The Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) has formally reached agreement on a new three year pay deal for Scotland's teachers and associated professionals.

This follows more than 12 months of negotiations, and all sides of the SNCT (teaching unions, local government and Scottish Government) are pleased that a final agreement has now been reached. All parties also agreed that the pay element of the agreement will be implemented as soon as is practicable.

Agreement has been reached on:


  • A 3% pay uplift for all teachers and associated professionals earning less than £80,000, effective from 1 April 2018 (backdated). For those earning more than £80,000, a flat-rate increase of £1600 will apply.
  • A further uplift of 3% from 1 April 2019 (backdated until that date) for all teachers and associated professionals (no cap).
  • An additional 4% increase, as the result of a Scottish Government policy intervention, to restructure the main-grade pay scale and all other pay points. This increase to be effective from 1 April 2019 and backdated until that date (no cap).
  • A further uplift of 3% from April 2020 across all pay scales and pay points (no cap).


  • The SNCT acknowledges and approves the offers made by the Scottish Government for all parties to work together to reduce the workload of teachers and to undertake joint activity to assist in reducing and preventing unnecessary workload through increasing teacher agency and school empowerment.

  Additional In-Service Days:

  • The SNCT agrees that 2 additional in-service days, to be held in the academic year 2019-2020, should be provided to allow schools time to focus on key issues such as workload, additional support and empowering schools.

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education, said: "The formal agreement of this deal will deliver the fair pay rise that teachers deserve and I am pleased that all parties have managed to reach consensus."

"This is a welcome outcome which reflects the partnership approach we want to take with local government and the professional associations, providing certainty on pay, a shared agenda on addressing workload, additional support for learning and empowering schools."

"Reform is at the heart of our plans to improve Scottish education and this landmark partnership agreement will provide the stability we need to deliver the best possible outcomes for our young people."

Councillor Gail Macgregor, employers' side Chair said: "I am pleased that we have today agreed a three year pay deal for teachers. Building on the stability that this deal provides, we will work with our colleagues in the SNCT to address some of the other issues raised in the negotiations as we continue to put children and young people at the heart of Scottish education."

EIS Salaries Convener Des Morris, also the SNCT Teacher's Side Chair, said: "We very much welcome the fact that, after protracted negotiations, a formal pay agreement has now been reached via the SNCT."

"The three-year pay settlement that has been agreed will provide a long overdue boost to teachers' salaries, and help to address concerns over teacher recruitment and retention."

"We also welcome the additional joint commitments in the agreement to support teacher professional development and reduce workload through increasing teacher agency and school empowerment."