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Teachers: Pay

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average annual change in earnings of teachers who were continuously employed in the teaching system between 1997 and 2008; and if he will make a statement. (203495)

Provisional information on the average salary of teachers is available to March 2006. Between April 1997 and March 2006, the average gross salary increase for full-time regular qualified teachers in the local authority maintained sector in England and Wales, who were recorded as being in continuous service during the period, was 73.2 per cent. in cash terms. Taking a simple average across this nine-year period gives an average annual increase of 8.1 per cent.

The figure provided is for teachers of all grades and the salaries, and include all allowances. They are as recorded in March of each year and are from the Database of Teachers Records. Teachers were included where their service was shown as continuous during the period 1 April 1997 and 31 March 2006. In a small number of cases, some of this service may have been completed outside of the local authority maintained sector. Only salaries paid inside the sector have been used in the calculation of the average salary increase.