Apples and Teachers

In short

  • Apples with oranges: Teachers typically have a university degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification, unlike most of the UK workforce.
  • False comparisons: Pay growth rates for all workers are very different to those in continuous employment, yet the TPA compares these two rates.
  • Out-of-date data: The report cites provisional pay growth data, overstating the nominal increase in regular pay (without bonuses).

Teaching Qualifications

Comparing dissimilar things leads to poor conclusions. (Photo: frankieleon/Flickr)
Notes: Medians are adjusted using Average Weekly Earnings such that they are in terms of 2016 salaries. The average annual gross wages do not include the wages of those who are self employed.

Progression and Composition

This ONS image helps explain the issue of composition when analysing pay growth.

Provisional Pay Growth Data

The TPA document uses out-of-date data for one claim.



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Anthony B. Masters

Anthony B. Masters

This blog looks at the use of statistics in Britain and beyond. It is written by RSS Statistical Ambassador and Chartered Statistician @anthonybmasters.