Support staff payscales
There are no statutory pay scales for education support staff in schools.
The government is of the view that individual schools and local education authorities are best placed to set pay rates and terms and conditions for support staff.
Most local authority schools use the local government pay scales to pay their support staff in conjunction with National Joint Council terms and conditions. However, this can vary between local authorities, which means it is not possible to be prescriptive about the rate of pay support staff will receive.
An employee's contract should state their rate of pay, the point on the local government pay scale this refers to, and how the rate will increase on an incremental basis to a certain point.
Support staff in independent schools are employed on a range of terms and conditions that are determined by their individual contracts.
Some schools employ support staff on a term-time-only basis whereby they are paid for the weeks they work, usually 38 or 39, and then have a leave entitlement added on. This effectively means that they are paid for around 43 or 44 weeks of the year. If a job is advertised quoting a 52-week salary on a term-time-only basis, this can sometimes lead to confusion as the actual term time only salary is significantly less.
Some independent schools use the local government pay scale as the basis for paying support staff, and also increase salaries by the local government pay award each year. However, the incremental annual salary rise which is mandatory in the state sector is not always incorporated into contracts.
Other schools have their own salary rates but as with teachers, details of support staff pay should be included in a written pay policy.
Local government payscale for support staff
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