'Average' salary doesn't add up

26th January 2001 at 00:00
I was interested in the pay factfile (TES, January 12, 2001) compiled by John Howson which compared teachers' wages at home and abroad.

Most lecturers in further education will no doubt, like me, be astounded at the news that their average salary is pound;25,010. In most colleges in England (and Wales) the maximum pay rate for lecturers is around pound;25,000 - a quick glance at the FE ads for lecturer posts will confirm this.

Many lecturers at the top of the scale carry significant managerial responsibility for curriculm and student welfare, with no responsibility allowances in recognition of this.

These types of story do little to support the much-maligned FE sector, where salary levels are falling well behind those of teachers in other sectors of education.

Louise Jowett

Senior manager Llandrillo College Colwyn Bay Wales

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