News and Support from The NASUWT
The NASUWT has called on the Government to take specific action to address the gender pay gap within teaching, which shows no sign of narrowing.
The Union wants the Government to extend the new duty to require all employers with more than 250 employees to publish annual data on their gender pay gap to schools and all employers of teachers, including academy trusts, supply agencies and local authorities.
Despite the fact that around three quarters of teachers are women, men are more likely to be in senior posts and male teachers’ wages are on average higher than women’s, the NASUWT has told the Government
Equalities Office, which is consulting on the gender pay reporting requirements. The Union has provided data on the scale of the gender pay gap and has argued that the excessive freedoms and flexibilities over pay have opened the door to increasing sex discrimination in relation to pay and pay progression.
NASUWT analysis of data shows that in local authority primary schools, men now earn over £2,600 more than women. In local authority secondary schools, the gap is over £2,400. In academies, the gap is even higher, standing at over £4,700 in primary academies and over £3,200 in secondary academies.