The Welsh Government published the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB) 1st report on 22 July 2019. The report recommends a 5% increase to the minimum of the main pay range and a 2.4% increase on the maximum of the main pay range and minimum and maximum of all other ranges and allowances. The Minister for Education has agreed to the 5% but has increased the recommended uplift for all other points to 2.75% in line with the pay award for teachers in England.
This is a far cry from the 5% called for by the joint union response from ASCL, NAHT, NEU, UCAC and Voice (and Welsh version). We are concerned that, as yet, there has been no indication on how this award will be funded. The evidence from all consultees was that any award needed to be fully funded, and as such we call on the Welsh Government to ensure that this is acted on and that this information is announced without delay.
The publication of the Minister’s response to the report signals the start of an eight-week period of consultation to which ASCL is a statutory consultee and will be submitting our response on behalf of members in due course.
As the consultation period does not close until 13 September, we urge school leaders not to interrupt their well-earned breaks to begin re-budgeting.