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House of Commons Hansard
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25 November 2009
Volume 501
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To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was paid in salary and wage costs for teachers and teaching staff in maintained schools in the last 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the proportion paid to such staff who earn more than £50,000 per annum. [300843]

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The available information on how much was paid in salary and wage costs for teachers and teaching staff in maintained schools in 2007-08 for England was £17,521,117,000. The Department estimates that there were approximately 28,000 teachers earning more than £50,000 per annum in England costing in total £1,665,021,000. This makes up 9.5 per cent. of the total spend on teaching staff.

Notes:

1. The source of the salary information is the Database of Teacher Records (DTR) and is provisional.

2. Overall teacher numbers from the Annual Survey of Teachers in Service and Teacher Vacancies, 618g were apportioned by the information from the DTR to provide the estimate of the numbers of teachers receiving these salaries and the salaries given by multiplying this by the average salary over £50,000 from the DTR.

3. The total spend on teaching staff is taken from the Section 52 Outturn statements 2007-08.

4. It includes teachers employed directly by the school; including supernumerary/peripatetic teachers on short-term contracts and covers expenditure on salaries and wages consisting of gross pay, including bonus and allowances, maternity pay and the employer's contributions to national insurance and superannuation plus threshold payments and other payments relating to teacher pay reforms.

5. These figures are in cash and rounded to nearest £1,000.