£8,000 salary cut for new teachers in Jersey

Teacher in a Jersey school
Image caption Newly-qualified teachers will have their salaries reduced from £33,000 to £25,000

Newly-qualified teachers in Jersey will have their annual salaries slashed by £8,000, the government has announced.

The reduction, from £33,000 to £25,000, is one of several spending cuts announced by the education department, including a £150 cut per child in subsidies to fee-paying schools.

The States of Jersey has laid out plans to save £73m annually by 2019.

Rob Ward, from the National Union of Teachers (NUT), said the changes would fail to attract teachers to the island.

He said: "It is very expensive to live in Jersey, particularly if you're a family.

"There are certain sections of society that would find it almost impossible to stay here and I think we need to reflect that in our payment."

However, the head of education, Justin Donovan, said teachers in subjects facing a shortage would continue to get higher salaries to ensure Jersey could "compete in the market", but savings were needed to meet financial targets.

He said: "Here, they earn around about £11,000 more than the starting salary in England."

The revised pay packet is more than the £22,000 minimum starting salary for newly-qualified teachers in England, but less than the salaries of those in central London who start on nearly £28,000.

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