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Teachers £5000 worse off since 2010.

Teachers £5000 worse off since 2010.

Teachers are more than £5,000 a year worse off on average in real terms than in 2010 – according to analysis of official data showing the effect of years of pay restraint on the profession.

With millions of children returning to school this week after the summer holidays, teaching unions said the marked decline in salaries was one of many factors causing an ever more serious recruitment crisis .

The data, released by Labour, and based on school workforce statistics and government inflation figures, shows how teachers’ earnings have been eroded, as annual increases in pay have fallen below the rate of inflation. In 2010, the mean wage paid to teachers in state-funded schools was £34,800. By 2016 this had risen to just £35,100 as the government clamped down on public spending. Assuming the level rises by the 1% maximum permitted under the pay cap, it will hit £35,451 this year. But had the mean salary risen at the rate of inflation (as measured by the consumer price index) every year since 2010 it would now be well above £40,000 a year.

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