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New Teaching Assistant Pay Help

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by midnightsun1, Sep 27, 2020.

  1. midnightsun1

    midnightsun1 New commenter

    I recently accepted a Teaching Assistant position in my graduate subject. This is at a Secondary School.

    I received my offer letter last week, and I am disappointed as the pay wasn't what I was expecting and I am hugely disappointed. My offer letter states that the job is under Local Pay Point 7, which amounts to £19,554 per annum with a pending pay award. The post is for 37 hours per week and I am only paid for 44.5 weeks of the year (during school term times). This was all stated in the application when I applied for the job.

    As I continued reading my offer letter, it stated that my salary will be paid in accordance with the local single status grade 4 - (£19,554 - £21,166), which is all fine. HOWEVER, I then read that my ACTUAL commencing salary will be £16,687 per annum (pending pay award).

    I don't really understand how it has jumped down from £19,544 to £16,687 per annum. It seems like a huge difference. Am I missing something here? I don't understand why it has jumped down to this amount.

    Any help would be really appreciated. Thank you.
  2. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    Only working 37 hours and 44.5 weeks. Did it state pro rata
  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    It's roughly 44.5 / 52.1 times the stated salary - the reduction is because you're only paid for 44.5 weeks. Be glad it's 37 hours a week - all too often TAs are only paid for the length of the school day, or the teaching hours, and so the amount is reduced significantly again.

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