Minister welcomes progress on teachers’ pay negotiations

Date published: 02 March 2021

A formal offer on teachers’ pay for 2019 and 2020 has been accepted by the five main teaching unions.

Teachers pay negotiations

Education Minister Peter Weir said: “I am pleased that the five trade unions which make up the Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council (NITC) have accepted a pay offer today on behalf of their members.

“Management side offered a cost of living increase of 2% payable from 1 September 2019 and an additional 2% payable from 1 September 2020.  The pay award is applicable to all salary scales and teaching allowances.”

The business case for the pay offer will be subject to formal approvals from the Department of Finance.

Concluding the Minister said: “Teachers play a vital role in the Northern Ireland education system and I want to put on record my appreciation for the hard work they do on a daily basis, which has been made more difficult by the challenges of this pandemic.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. The pay offer for teachers includes backdating of a 2% salary increase from September 2019, and a further 2% from September 2020 for all teachers, and it is expected that teachers will receive payment in either May or June 2021, subject to DoF approval of the business case for the pay offer.
  2. A copy of the joint statement from the Teachers' Negotiating Committee is available at Joint statement from Teachers’ Negotiating Committee – 2 March
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