Considering the state of the local economy, the likelihood of a future pay freeze for public sector workers, and set alongside the previous struggles we have had to secure a pay uplift for teachers, we believe this pay award represents a continued improvement for the hard working teaching workforce.

At a meeting of the Teachers' Negotiating Committee today (Tuesday 2 March 2021) your NEU negotiators, along with teacher union colleagues (INTO/NAHT/NASUWT/UTU) on the Northern Ireland Teachers' Council formally accepted Management Side's offer for teachers' pay for 2019-20 and 2020-21.

The Agreement reached on pay will give effect to a pay award for all teachers in Northern Ireland of 2% payable from 1 September 2019 and an additional 2% payable from 1 September 2020. The pay award is applicable to all salary scales and teaching allowances.

Subject to receipt of final approval of the pay remit by the Department of Finance, it is anticipated that the pay award will be implemented in the May/June payrolls.

Both union and employers sides believe this pay award represents a good deal for teachers in the present circumstances and creates the optimum environment to ensure the reviews that formed an integral part of the 2017-19 Pay and Workload Agreement can be taken forward to completion in the most positive and constructive manner.

A year on from the onset of the pandemic, both Management Side and the NITC acknowledge and pay tribute to the extraordinary commitment, dedication and leadership demonstrated by all our school leaders and teachers to ensure the continuity of learning for all our children and young people. Their roles and contribution in the fight against the global health crisis cannot be overstated.

Read the joint statement by the Teachers’ Negotiating Committee.

TNC Joint Statement - 2 March 2021

The Agreement reached on pay will give effect to a pay award for all teachers in Northern Ireland of 2% payable from 1 September 2019 and an additional 2% payable from 1 September 2020.