Lucky are those earning pound;11,800

7th September 2001 at 01:00
Everything is relative, isn't it? Helen Perkins' looming pay cut and feelings of disillusionment and demotivation (TES, August 17) could so easily have been avoided, if only she worked for a different local authority.

I work in a comparable role and my salary has long been calculated on the basis of a 37-hour week. So, what's all this about "new" national terms and conditions which "introduce" a 37-hour week? Also, no support staff or teaching assistants I know are employed for more than 27-and-a-half hours a week. Such terms give Helen Perkins a maximum salary of pound;9,900 instead of the pound;11,800 you say she will earn. No sympathy here, then! All the classroom assistants I know would be leaping about at the prospect of their salaries rising by almost pound;2,000 a year ... any more vacancies in Solihull?

A J H Warburton 5 Hall Croft Netherton, Wakefield

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