Pay fact file or pay fiction?

2nd February 2001 at 00:00
John Howson (TES, January 12 2001) gives pound;25,010 as the "average further education lecturer salary" in March 1999. The current FE lecturer scale starts at pound;13,745 or pound;15,597 and increases over 12 years to pound;24,907. Those still on the old conditions of service have a maximum of pound;20,538.

Many colleges are now appointing lecturers to short pay bands, with increments ceasing after three years, or are employing instructors or learning assistants to do lecturers' work on scales which typically have maxima of less than pound;17,000.

A few lecturers who have been reorganised from schools to FE, or who hold special responsibilities, have alaries up to pound;26,618. There is a senior lecturer scale, but senior lecturers are almost extinct and survive only in large colleges with a significant amount of higher education.

Did John Howson use a figure which included senior managers and principals? The average March 1999 salary for lecturers, under 25 with honours degrees and postgraduate teaching qualifications, would have been about pound;1,500 per annum less than the figure quoted for classroom teachers under 25.

Poor pay and a heavy workload has produced a recruitment problem in FE even greater than that in schools.

Stephen J Bolter

Halstead, Essex

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