Above-inflation pay rise for almost 900,000 public sector workers

Almost 900,000 public sector workers including teachers and doctors are set to receive an above-inflation pay rise this year. 


Teachers are set to receive their biggest pay rise in fifteen years in a landmark pay deal for the sector.


The School Teachers’ Review Body has recommended raising the starting salary for new teachers by 5.5% and increase the upper and lower boundaries of the pay ranges for all other teachers by 2.75%. These recommendations are equivalent to a 3.1% increase in the overall pay bill.


The Government has accepted all the recommendations from the independent body.


This means the minimum starting salary for a qualified teacher in 2020/21 will rise to £25,714 outside of London, rising to £32,157 in inner London.


Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:


“We want to make teaching attractive to the most talented candidates by recognising the outstanding contribution teachers make to our society.


“Inspirational teachers change millions of lives by giving our children the drive and desire to learn, and reforms to teacher training, early career support and teachers’ pay are key to the Government’s plans to improve school standards.”


It comes after the Government confirmed that next year, mainstream school funding will increase by 4% overall.