Honestly, most uk teachers don't clear £2000 at the start of their career. I was paid on M6 with a tlr2a and cleared £1900 after tax, NI, pension and SL. The poster here says they are newly qualified, they won't be getting near £2K unless they have no SL but who does these days?! But, as is said often here the importance is not the amount of monitors how far it goes. I took a large pay drop to work in EE but ihave a higher quality of life.