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Parliamentary Q As

Michael Foster (Labour, Worcester) asked the Secretary of State to list the school teacher starting salary for the years 1979 to 1998 in a) cash terms and b) 1998 real values. The right-hand column of the figures is the more important, showing teachers' starting salaries when adjusted for inflation. Teachers' relative performance is shown by the second table, obtained from the House of Commons library, which charts the average growth in pay for all workers and non-manual employees.

Teachers' starting salaries 1979-1998 (Pounds )

cash terms 1998 real values

(using GDP deflator)

April 1979 3,231 9,014

April 1980 3,972 9,366

April 1981 4,653 10,004

April 1982 4,932 9,899

April 1983 5,178 9,932

April 1984 5,442 9,939

April 1995 5,817 10,072

April 1986 6,423 10,795

Oct 1987 7,600 12,128

April 1988 7,920 11,846

April 1989 8,394 11,735

April 1990 9,000 11,650

April 1991 10,212 12,426

Dec 1991 10,404 12,659

April 1992 11,184 13,060

April 1993 11,244 12,759

April 1994 11,571 12,935

April 1995 11,883 12,926

April 1996 12,342 13,043

Dec 1996 12,462 13,170

April 1997 12,711 13,080

Dec 1997 12,873 13,246

April 1998 13,131 13,13

1 Dec 1998 13,362 13,362

Average gross weekly earnings for full-time employees (Pounds per week)

All occupations Non-manual

1979 242 242

1983 252 256

1990 330 365

1991 336 368

1992 345 379

1993 348 384

1994 353 389

1995 354 392

1996 360 399

1997 368 407

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