Rowntree Foundation - Educational IT Professionals' salaries
As I'm sure most of you saw/heard in the news yesterday the Joesph Rowntree Foundation have produced a report explaining what the minimum income that is necessary to have an acceptable living standard (Minimum living standards: public consultation shows what people find acceptable). For a single adult they've reached the figure £13,400(gross)/pa.
Looking at the jobs posted on this site, I see many jobs advertised at or just above this level and it isn't just IT support in school. Most 'support staff' in my school bar a few exceptional circumstances are pro-rata Grade 3/4, which means their salary comes out at around £10k~£14k. With fuel prices set to go up another 40% this year and the inevitable knock-on to all other prices (food, services, etc. etc.) will £13,400 be enough?
This amount expects a single person to be renting accommodation for £52 a week. I think the local and national government leaders should be made to live in accommodation that costs £200/month to rent - nevermind the fact they can claim £200 back on expenses without a receipt in Westminster!
There is nothing built in for pensions or savings in this figure. How is the state going to provide for such a large amount of the population once they reach pensionable age without a single penny in savings or an asset (like a house) to liquidise?
This is coupled with the fact that, in education, we work with people who's salaries go up an extra couple of thousands pounds every time they take on "extra responsibility"...I just find it all a bit galling.