8 September 2021

UCAC welcomes pay rise for teachers in Wales

In response to confirmation from the Education Minister, Jeremy Miles MS, today that there will be a 1.75% pay rise for teachers in Wales, Dilwyn Roberts-Young, Secretary General of UCAC said “We welcome the fact that the Welsh Government, on the recommendation of the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body, has decided to award a pay rise for teachers in Wales. The profession has worked in extremely challenging conditions over the last 18 months and fully deserves this acknowledgement.

“We realise that this was not an easy decision for the Welsh Government to make in light of the Westminster Government's decision to freeze teacher salaries in England and resulting lack of Barnett consequential funding. We therefore appreciate the additional contribution that the Welsh Government has announced today which goes at least some way towards funding the pay rise for school teachers and further education lecturers. We would not want to see a reduction in school budgets as a result of the pay award.

“We look forward to contributing to the forthcoming comprehensive review of the structure of teachers’ and leaders’ pay and conditions. UCAC is proud to be contributing to a process that creates a pay and conditions structure for teachers that aligns with the structure, values ​​and priorities of our education system in Wales.”