Reducing working hours might encourage teachers to stay.
This article is just related to teachers and could relate to many more professions, health and social care to name but 2, but there are many others.
Due to many instances of pay restraints remunerations have reduced in real terms as increases have in no way kept up with the increases in the costs of living, let alone were the salary levels sufficient at any time. This is evident in virtually all employments in the UK, no matter what work is being done.
How UK remunerations compare with other countries.
But it is not just remunerations but welfare benefits also and in welfare benefits the comparisons appear worse than for remunerations.
However, with teachers, many are looking to leave and receive better in other employments, but how could they be encouraged to stay?
Well, a remuneration increase of at least 10% would help but this is highly unlikely to occur, especially with this government and maybe the next.
So, a reduction in working hours could be considered, but with the shortages of teachers wouldn’t that increase the workload, which teachers already say is excessive.
One that is not mentioned is extending the working hours by reducing holidays, which compared to other professions appears to be very generous and would so help working parents but that would be drastic alterations to teachers working terms and conditions.
What would help in the future is governments not imposing pay freezers and automatically allowing remunerations to rise with inflation for everyone.
The other would be to include compulsory independent pay arbitration for all pay settlements where agreements are not being reached, for effectively taking strike actions helps no one and increases resentment in many areas.
Source: Teachers are quitting – here’s what could be done to get them to stay