AM backs plans to increase teachers’ pay

Newly qualified teachers in Wales will receive a 5% rise in their starting salary.

The Welsh Government also confirmed the minimum and maximum of all other teacher pay ranges and allowances will be increased by 2.75%.

Power over teachers’ pay and conditions has been devolved to Wales for the first time this year and local Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths has praised the immediate and positive impact it will have on the lives of teachers in Wrexham.

A review of teachers’ pay was undertaken by the new Independent Welsh Pay Review Body, which recommended all statutory pay ranges and allowances be increased by 2.4%.  However, the Welsh Government responded by proposing a higher pay rise for most teachers of 2.75%.

Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths said: “A miserable decade of UK Government austerity has resulted in public sector wages stagnating but I am proud as soon as the Welsh Labour Government has been granted the opportunity to act, it has wasted little time and brought forward an increase in pay our professional, highly-skilled and hardworking teachers deserve.”

“Ensuring starting salaries for teachers are higher in Wales will help attract even more talented individuals to the profession and make sure the highest quality teaching standards are met.”

To reduce the impact on councils, the Welsh Government will provide £12.8 million to support the pay award this financial year.

The pay award follows an eight-week consultation and will be backdated to 1 September 2019.