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Pay in further education

Members have seen their pay levels drift to a staggering £9k below that of schoolteachers and their counterparts in Sixth Form Colleges.

FE pay claim 2024/25

The NEU and other further education unions have submitted our pay claim for colleges in England.  It is seeking a pay increase of 10% or £3,000, whichever is the greater, and the following:

  • A demand to close the pay gap between further education and schools within three years;
  • A minimum starting salary of £30,000 for lecturers;
  • Talks on the introduction of standardised pay scales;
  • A set of agreed workload and wellbeing protocols;
  • Binding outcomes for national bargaining.

The NJF met on 20th May in the first of two scheduled meetings to negotiate pay for the upcoming academic year. Disappointingly, the Association of Colleges (AoC) did not make an offer, nor indicate when it anticipated doing so. The AoC cancelled the meeting scheduled for June 10th, despite the objections of the union side. An alternative date has not been offered by AoC.

IFS report

More information about pay in FE colleges is in a recent report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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