The government has now confirmed the teacher pay increases for 2022-23.
The pay rises vary depending on the experience of the teacher, and the government’s announcement is in line with the recommendations from the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB).
The pay increases for teachers outside of London range from 8.9 per cent for early career teachers (ECTs) to reach £28,000 in their first year of teaching, to 5 per cent for teachers at the top of the main scale and on the upper pay scale to reach £38,810 and £43,685 respectively.
The table below shows the full breakdown of the pay increases across the various teacher pay scales.
For teachers working in London, the pay scale increase for ECTs in the first year of teaching varies from 8.9 per cent in London Fringe to 7.3 per cent in inner London.
More experienced teachers in London at the top end of the main scale and on the upper pay scale will receive a 5 per cent uplift.
This table below shows how – like in the rest of England – the more years of experience, the smaller the increase to salary.
For teachers in leadership positions, the increases are more uniform.
Lead practitioners will see their pay increase by 5 per cent. Teachers with Teaching and Learning Responsibilities (TLRs) will see a 5 per cent increase in their TLR allowance. Teachers paid on the Leadership Group pay scale will all see a 5 per cent increase in their salaries.
Teacher pay rises: the reasons behind the decisions
The STRB’s report justified its recommendation to award bigger pay rises to less experienced teachers saying that the data showed “graduate joiners to some professions have the potential to earn significantly higher starting salaries than those offered in teaching”.
Retention of newer teachers was also a consideration, with the report noting that “teacher leaving rates were highest among those in their early careers”.
It adds that, when looking at median pay, teachers are below other professional occupations, but that the “gaps are widest for younger teachers and for those in London”.
The problem of the retention and recruitment of new teachers has been raised repeatedly by the sector, and pay has been seen as a key lever with which to try and tackle this issue.