I currently work in IT but my wife is a new teacher. When I look at job ads for myself I expect to see the salary being offered. This avoids me looking at jobs that I would never consider. It also indicates the level of the job being advertised and the expectations of the employer. However, when I look at teaching ads on behalf of my wife, I rarely see pay quoted. I've just looked at some TES job ads at random. The first (an independent school) says "an attractive package is available subject to qualifications and experience". The second (a state school) says "Teacher Scale: £23,024 - £38,722 AST/SLT scale: £38,722 - £55,466", which is no more helpful due to the large range. Others say nothing about pay at all. Why is this? Do teachers apply for jobs before they know what the pay will be? Is there an informal phone call before applying? Do schools pay whatever the applicant asks? I'd be interested to hear people's comments on this.