Teachers over £5,000 worse off amid pay squeeze

The public sector pay squeeze is leaving teachers over £5,000 a year worse off in real terms in comparison to 2010.

As reported by Tes, shadow secretary Angela Rayner has said that the failure of average wages to keep up with inflation has made the crisis in teacher recruitment and retention worse.

According to analysis by the Labour party, if wages had increased to match CPI inflation, the mean salary paid to teachers in England would have risen from £34,800 in 2010 to nearly £40,500 in 2016, instead of £35,100.

Rayner commented: "These stark figures show that the average teacher is now thousands of pounds worse off than they were in 2010, and the government's plans to continue with the public sector pay cap will only make matters worse."

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