Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister, has put forward proposals to increase teachers’ pay. It is the first time Wales has been able to determine teachers’ pay and conditions after it was devolved to Wales last year.
The proposals would see a 5% pay rise for newly qualified teachers, as well as a 2.75% rise for all other school teachers.
The 2.75% rise is over and above the recommendations of the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body, who published its first report today recommending a 2.4% rise.
Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister, said:
“The devolution of teachers’ pay and conditions is a major step for Wales. I have been clear that, as a starting point, Welsh teachers should not be at a detriment to their colleagues across the border. These proposals deliver on this commitment.
“Attracting new teachers is vital to the future success of our education system, and the 5% increase for newly qualified teachers is part of ongoing efforts to promote teaching as a career.
“Together, the pay increases will play an important part in our National Mission to raise standards, reduce the attainment gap, and deliver an education system that is a source of national pride.”