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Island teachers will receive pay rise before Christmas

Four out of five unions accept DESC deal

Teachers and lecturers on the Isle of Man will receive a pay rise of between eight and 11.9 per cent.

The Department of Education, Sport and Culture says it comes after four of five trade unions accepted a pay offer.

Government says it means newly qualified teachers will start on £36,557 a year – it claims that teachers in England, outside of London, receive £28,000.

The increase, which varies depending on pay band, will be backdated to 1 September with arrears paid as a lump sum in February.

Education Minister Julie Edge said: “‘This pay deal recognises and rewards our hardworking and dedicated teachers and lecturers.  

“The pay award, which goes above and beyond the recommendations of England’s independent pay review body, will make Manx schools and UCM even more attractive to the teaching profession.

“The pay award recognises the outstanding contribution teachers make to our society and provides a sustainable and affordable pay structure which best supports recruitment and retention.  

“It will strengthen the Island’s offering to the profession, helping to attract the most talented candidates to teach our children and young people.”

Members of the NASUWT – who didn’t accept the pay offer – will be striking this week; but members will still receive the rise.

You can find more about the industrial action HERE.

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