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Ethnicity Pay Gap Day 2022

Commenting on #EthnicityPayGapDay (8th Jan 2022),

Paul Whiteman, NAHT general secretary

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:

“We’ve seen school leadership pay eroded for everyone over the last decade, but for those with protected characteristics, including leaders from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background, they risk facing a “double hit” as a result of inequalities in the pay system.

“Despite a broad national pay framework, education does not escape the barriers which contribute to pay gaps. Our report “Closing the Gender Pay Gap in Education: A leadership imperative”, published at the end of last year, highlights the challenges for women, including women of colour, and stresses the need for greater information on the pay penalties that people from different ethnic backgrounds working in education may face.

“We again call on the Government to implement calls from the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) and the wider sector for a full review of the pay framework, including a comprehensive analysis by the Department for Education on the equally implications of the teachers’ and leaders’ pay system and consideration of the role that performance-related pay has on any differences.”

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