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Following an eight week consultation, the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams (Lib Dem, Brecon & Radnor), announced that all newly-qualified teachers will receive a 5% pay rise.
For all other teachers, pay ranges and allowances will increase by 2.75% – marginally higher than the original recommendation of 2.4%. The changes will be backdated to September 1st 2019.
The Minister said: “Today’s announcement shows the benefit of Welsh Government gaining responsibility for these powers. In setting teachers’ pay for the first time, we have diverged from proposals in England by ensuring that the starting salary for teachers in Wales will be higher.”
Local authorities will be provided with an additional £12.8million to cover the costs.