Well my blurb is:
23 year old Network Manager, been working in the same school as a NM for 4 years, currently earn around 28k full-time - but tend to have to be able to be reached in emergencies during my holidays.
Now you have TLRs ... Teaching and Learning Responsibilites. These cannot be for admin or support tasks, but have to be directly related to T&L. They are broken down into 2 levels, TRL 1 and 2, and each level can be broken down further within set guidelines (eg 1,500 between each break) but it is set by tour school, not the Govt. The NUT have a complete guide to TLRs including what you cannot do to get them.
You are also not meant to hold multiple roles ... eg head of year *and* 2nd in Dept. Some schools break this, but the unions and Govt hate it when schools do that sort of thing.
Not that relevant to the original thread, but worth pointing out that the old points for teachers is gone and good riddance!
Currently Network Manager at the school for 11+ years after starting as the only IT tech, salary currently just over 15K full time and I have an assistant/tech on just under 10K term-time. Single status will increase my salary just over 22K though my post will be downgraded to Systems or Systems Support Officer. Reason given for the re-grade is that the school isn't large enough to require a NM and the tasks that warrant that role have been re-delegated to the business manager by the business manager.
Same thing happened to me after job evaluation. Went from 24k to 27k but was demoted to assistant network manager. I am appealing against this as I was employed as the network manager. If I win the appeal it will put me on 30k.
the pay for ICT Technicians is, frankly, disgusting. Admittedly I work in network engineering now, in the private sector, but spent a spell at a school a few years back as an IT manager covering some leave - so i know the skillset, the responsibilities and the workload that they have.
to pay skilled people the equivalent pay to what a lot of shopworkers would take home, and less than most factory workers, is ridiculous. and forget the argument about 'would you want to work in a shop, factory etc' - thats irrevelent. pay is, or should be, determined by supply/demand of the necessary skills. i also know how stressful and demanding the job is. i would never, ever recommend anyone considering ICT to work in this sector, at these pay levels. no wonder there are always plenty of vacancies, compared to the private sector.
It gets worse...not even going to be Systems Officer any more. Had a short meeting today where we were issued with our 'new' gradings....Senior ICT Technician at 20K. My assistant who is currently ICT Technician will now become 'Assistant ICT Technician'.
Well my head and the SLT support what i wrote in my letter asking to go from 20k to 23k and IT Tech to NM..
It goes infront of the governors on Monday for the final decision..
I'm not sure how the teritiary education sector compares with the secondary sector.
eg. at a university the payscales are roughly as follows
Engineer - £25k-£30k
Senior Engineer £30k-35k
Manager (say of 6 Engineers) ~£45k
IT Operations & Business Support have larger salaries ranging to £60k
Above 25k and they're categorised as administrative and clerical, this is where the 40k+ IT management vacancies are advertised.
For as long as there are inexperienced budding IT pro's and inexperienced graduates....there'll be a demand for low paid IT work in schools and high turnover of staff in these positions if the possibiliy of promotion path within the school isn't available.
It may not be palatable to be paid 11k for a role demanding placing high technical and stressful demands on the successful candidates....but i don't see it changing any time soon.
Is it just me or does 'assistant ICT Technician' sound like the stupidest job title ever?
It's bad enough being an IT technician with all the crap that get's thrown at them, and the lack of respect.
But assistant IT technician!!!!, having such a role i imagine gives the lowly IT technician executive status and puts the assistant IT tecnician somwhere between the ants crawling around in the electricity cupboard and the fat crosseyed lady who cleans the toilets in terms of the school hierarchy.
speckytecky (6th June 2008)
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