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.