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Teachers (Pay)

Volume 82: debated on Wednesday 10 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the average pay rise for teachers and what was the annual inflation rate in each year from 1955; and if he will make a statement.

So far as it can be ascertained, the information requested is given in the table.Annual pay settlements operative from 1 April have been the norm only since 1969 (though the figures for 1974 and 1980 represent a consolidation of separate settlements applicable from two or more dates during those years). Increases prior to 1969 are attributed in the table to the years in which they become operative. These early figures are approximations giving a broad indication only of the average effect of pay settlements, which covered periods of up to three years.

The RPI increases given are for the 12 months up to April each year.
YearPercentage Pay increaseOperative datePercentage RPI increase
19553·5
1956151 October 19567·2
19571·8
19584·9
1959*101 October 19590·0
19600·7
19612·7
1962151 January 19625·6
196371 April 19632·1
19642·0
1965131 April 19655·6
19663·6
196771 July 19673·0
19684·5
19697·11 April 19695·5
19707·51 April 19705·5
197110·81 April 19719·5
19729·61 April 19726·3
19736·61 April 19739·1

Year

Percentage pay increase

Operative date

Percentage RPI increase

1974†37·01 April/24 May 197415·2
197522·31 April 197521·7
19768·31 April 197618·9
19773·81 April 197717·5
19789·91 April 19787·9
19799·31 April 197910·1
1980‡35·11 Jan/1 April/1 Sept 198021·8
19817·51 April 198112·0
19826·01 April 19829·4
19835·01 April 19834·0
19845·11 April 19845·2

* Absorbed a 5 per cent. increase applicable from 1 February 1959.

† A negotiated settlement of 8 per cent. from 1 April plus an additional 27 per cent. awarded by the Houghton committee taking effect from 24 May and estimated to be worth a further 2 per cent. in the long-term.
‡ A two-stage arbitration award amounting to 14·6 per cent. plus an additional 17·9 per cent. awarded by the Clegg commission.