TORY proposals to to raise the minimum salary threshold of foreign teachers will worsen the teacher recruitment and retention crisis, NASUWT said yesterday.
Home Secretary Theresa May is considering a raise to the minimum salary of migrant workers from outside the EU from £20,800 to £30,000.
Members of NASUWT have argued the policy should exempt teachers as the sector is already burdened with recruitment difficulties.
The union’s general secretary Chris Keates said such a cap would mean half of overseas teachers having to leave their jobs.
The measure, she added, “shows the extent to which the government’s pay policies have depressed teachers’ salaries.
“Teachers now no longer can aspire to earn anything above their starting salary.”
An estimated 48 per cent of secondary and more than half of all primary school teachers would be ruled out by such a bar.