Teachers' starting salaries could rise to £30,000

2 September 2019, 16:58 | Updated: 2 September 2019, 17:15

Teachers' salaries are set to rise
Teachers' salaries are set to rise. Picture: PA
Sylvia De Luca

By Sylvia De Luca

Salaries for new teachers are set to rise to £30,000 by 2022-23, under government plans to try and attract more graduates into the profession.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced plans for what could be the biggest reform to teacher pay in a generation.

Currently the minimum salary for teachers in England and Wales, excluding London, is £23,720.

The minimum for inner London is £29,664.

The move to increase pay by up to £6,000 would make starting salaries for teachers among the most competitive in the graduate labour market.

Mr Williamson underlined his determination to recognise teaching as a high-value, prestigious profession saying: “Teachers truly are the lifeblood of a school and I have been instantly impressed by the dedication, commitment and hard work that I have seen from those at the front of our classrooms.”

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson speaking to media in Westminster.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson speaking to media in Westminster. Picture: PA

Unions say the increase is long overdue, and necessary, to attract enough graduates into the profession.

Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: "Teacher training targets have been missed for six years in a row, and this announcement may go some way to making teaching more attractive.”

But Dr Bousted also pointed out that schools need experienced, as well as beginner teachers. 

She asked: “What is the government proposing for those who remain in the profession, taking on more responsibilities as they gain experience? "This is a key issue. England has one of the worst teacher retention rates in the OECD with almost half of teachers leaving within 10 years - taking with them vast amounts of knowledge and experience. "

The government has promised a multi-billion pound cash boost for schools in England over the next three years, while Chancellor Sajid Javid also pledged to invest an extra £400m into further education for 16 to 19-year-olds.