Q1. How is pay determined for teachers?

Q2. The DFM's letter is described by the EIS as a "proposal." Is this the same as an offer from COSLA?

Q3. What are the proposals set out in the DFM's letter?

Q4. Why is Council recommending acceptance of an offer based on this proposal?

Q5. Will we have to sign a "no strike clause" as part of the pay agreement?

Q6. What will an increase in teachers’ pay mean for other council workers and services?

Q7. As members what can we do in this Consultative Ballot?

Q8. There is no EIS Rep in my School – how can we be involved?

Q9. What are the next steps?

Q10. What happens if COSLA does not convert the DFM's proposal into a formal offer?

Q11.  I am a teacher on the Main Grade Scale what impact does this offer have on me?

Q12.  Does the point progression remain as 1 August?

Q13. Will I get back pay if the offer is accepted?

Q14. I'm a supply teacher – will I be entitled to any pay award?

Q15. I have changed Council. Will I automatically receive the pay award from my previous employer?

Q16. What will my take home pay look like following a pay award?

Q17. I have left teaching. Will I receive any pay award?

Q18. I have retired but worked April 2018 until August 2018. Will I automatically receive the pay award?

Q19. I have retired. Will the pay award impact my pension?

Q20. I was on maternity leave during 2018 – 2019, will I be due back pay?

Q21. Should the proposed pay award be implemented, what effect will this have on my tax?

Q22.How will the payment of arrears affect my pension deductions?

 

Q1. How is pay determined for teachers?

In Scotland, pay is negotiated nationally at the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT). This is a tripartite body composed of the Scottish Government, COSLA (representing the Local Authorities) and the Teachers' Side (made up of the Teacher Trade Unions). Agreement must be reached amongst all three parties.

 

Q2. The DFM's letter is described by the EIS as a "proposal". Is this the same as an offer from COSLA?

Only COSLA, as representatives of the Employers, can make a formal offer. The Scottish Government is a member of the SNCT. The Scottish Government is offering a set of proposals for COSLA and the Teachers' Panel (on which the EIS has the majority of members) to consider.

 

Q3. What are the proposals set out in the DFM's letter?

In essence, it involves a 3-stage deal comprising of 3% from April 2018; 7% from April 2019; and 3% from April 2020. This pay rise applies to Teachers and to Associated Professionals.

The impact on pay scales of this combined offer can be viewed on our website

The proposal offers joint work on addressing ASN and workload concerns. The proposal also provides two additional in-service days to be taken within the school year 2019 – 2020.  The in-service days will not be taken out of teachers' leave entitlement.

 

Q4. Why is Council recommending acceptance of an offer based on this proposal?

Council recommendation was based on:

  • The proposal achieves the headline figure of 10% pay uplift (albeit across 2 years) – marking a significant success for the campaign which members have built over the past year.
  • It takes the top of the main grade to £40,206 from April of this year (with £40,000 having been one of our benchmark references) and to £41,412 at April 2020 (£351 more than the January 25th)
  • The improved salary proposal vindicates the stance taken by members in rejecting previous offers and pushing COSLA/Scottish Government as far as possible by displaying our willingness to negotiate and to take strike action if it was required.
  • The action proposed on workload and other issues create an opportunity to press forward with the broader concerns of members, which have clearly been acknowledged by both Scottish Government and COSLA.
  • The unity and determination of members have been magnificent throughout this campaign. Ending the pay campaign on a "win" leaves us in good spirit and in a strong place to continue to defend the welfare of teachers and the interests of Scottish Education.

 

Q5. Will we have to sign a "no strike clause" as part of the pay agreement?

No.  What is being asked for is a commitment to work in partnership with the Government in the areas such as workload, support for learning and empowering schools agenda. We will reserve the right to take action – up to and including strike action – to defend members' interests should a dispute arise on any matter in any council.

 

Q6. What will an increase in teachers’ pay mean for other council workers and services?

The DFM's pay proposal is fully funded by the Scottish Government. Council workers and services will not be affected by the increase in teachers' pay.

 

Q7. As members what can we do in this Consultative Ballot?

It is important that all members are encouraged to vote in this ballot and Council hopes that its recommendation to accept is followed. Members can engage at school level and locally to encourage colleagues to vote and to ensure that Council's recommendation is understood (See Q4).

 

Q8. There is no EIS Rep in my School – how can we be involved?

You should contact your Local Association Secretary or Organiser who will be happy to help set up a school meeting to elect a new rep or someone to act as a point of contact during the Pay Campaign.

 

Q9. What are the next steps?

If members vote to accept the proposals, contained in the Deputy First Minister's letter of Friday 8th March, as the basis for concluding agreement within the SNCT (Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers) of the current pay claim then the Institute would expect COSLA to convert the DFM's letter into a formal offer. The EIS Reps on the SNCT would then carry forward the mandate from members and vote for acceptance of the COSLA offer at the Teachers' Panel.  Agreement of the Teachers' Panel is by majority and the EIS has the majority of members on the Panel. Following agreement by the Teachers' Panel a formal SNCT would be held to come to agreement on the offer.

 

Q10. What happens if COSLA does not convert the DFM's proposal into a formal offer?

If the offer is not made by COSLA the EIS will ballot members on taking industrial action.

 

Q11. I am a teacher on the Main Grade Scale what impact does this offer have on me?

All teachers on the Main Grade Scale retain their pay position but in April 2019 this is referenced against a new Scale Point. This change is due to the shortening of the Scale which has produced two benefits. The first benefit is the increased salaries for Point 0 and Point 1 and the second benefit is that once on the Main Grade Scale a teacher will reach the top point of the scale in a year less than the current arrangement.

At April 2019:

  • Teachers on Point 0 remain on Point 0 = £26,694
  • Teachers on Point 1 stay on Point 1 = £32,031
  • Teachers on Point 2 stay on the pay point (plus 7%) but this point becomes Point 1 = £32,031
  • Teachers on Point 3 stay on the pay point (plus 7%) but this point becomes Point 2 = £33,849
  • Teachers on Point 4 stay on the pay point (plus 7%) but this point becomes Point 3 = £35,817
  • Teachers on Point 5 stay on the pay point (plus 7%) but this point becomes Point 4 = £38,088
  • Teachers on Point 6 stay on the pay point (plus 7%) but this point becomes Point 5 = £40,206

Point 5 is the new top of the Main Grade Scale and those on it remain at this point unless moving to a promoted post.

This information is presented in the New Salary Scales.

 

Q12. Does the point progression remain as 1 August?

Yes – progression up the Main Grade Scale will remain 1 August.

 

Q13. Will I get back pay?

Yes. You will receive back pay for the months you have worked since the beginning of the pay settlement date, ie April 2018. The first payments will not be made until May or June 2019 and back-payments will also be made for months missed from April 2019. A small number of authorities have paid arrears from April 2018 with March 2019 salary payments.

 

Q14. I'm a supply teacher – will I be entitled to any pay award?

Yes. If you have worked as a supply teacher since April 2018 you are entitled to the pay increase that is awarded. If you were not working when the award was agreed you should write to your payroll department within 3 months of the pay award (April 2019) to claim the arrears.

 

Q15. I have changed Council. Will I automatically receive the pay award from my previous employer?

As the pay award is now agreed you will be entitled to receive the pay increase.  You should write to your previous payroll department within 3 months of the pay award (April 2019) to claim the arrears.

 

Q16. What will my take home pay look like following the pay award?

Every teacher’s circumstances are different so if you want to estimate the impact of the increase on any offer you can use the following link - https://listentotaxman.com/ Have a recent payslip to hand for tax code details, student loans, pension percentages etc.

 

Q17. I have left teaching. Will I receive the pay award?

You should write to your payroll department to claim the arrears within 3 months of the pay award (April 2019).

 

Q18. I have retired but worked April 2018 until August 2018. Will I automatically receive the pay award?

If you were not working when the award was agreed you should write to your payroll department within 3 months of the pay award (April 2019) to claim the arrears.

 

Q19. I have retired. Will the pay award impact my pension?

If your pension is already in payment your employer will notify SPPA of the increase when the payment is actually made and SPPA will recalculate your pension if necessary. If you have been on the same point on the pay scale the current award will not result in an increase on the pension already in payment.

 

Q20. I was on maternity leave during 2018 – 2019, will I be due back pay?

You will get back pay on the period of absence covered by Occupational Maternity Pay. 

 

Q21. Should the proposed pay award be implemented, what effect will this have on my tax?

The pay offer was not agreed in time for implementation in the 2018/19 tax year and it is expected that any arrears due will be processed in May or June 2019. Tax will be deducted in line with your personal allowance in operation at that time. For the vast majority of members the implementation of the arrears will not result in higher tax payments when calculated over the full year. 

Only HMRC can advise if you have overpaid tax.  Those on the pay scale at point PT3, PT4 and PT5 may find themselves in a higher tax bracket as a result of the pay award and payment of arrears.

 

Q22. How will the payment of arrears affect my pension deductions?

Pension deductions will be taken from the arrears at the appropriate rate in line with the amount that would have been deducted had the payment been made in the month it related to. For example the deduction for a full time main grade teacher at the top of the scale would be 9.7% and for a main grade teacher working 50% FTE at the top of the scale this would be 7.2%. You can view the contribution rates here.