Performance-related pay has rarely worked in the public sector

Performance-related pay has rarely worked in the public sector and is unlikely to do so in schools, a leading industrial relations researcher warned this week, in a report commissioned by the National Union of Teachers.

Dr Ray Richardson of the London School of Economics said PRP had sowed mistrust and division in the Inland Revenue, local government and the NHS. He warned that some staff might help pupils more than they should in projects that counted towards grades to meet targets and get a bigger pay award.

He said: "It is possible that the new proposals are really a way of rewarding a selective minority of teachers without incurring the wage bill costs of extending benefits across the board."

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