Teachers in England and Scotland earned less in real terms in 2015 than a decade before, says an annual report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (writes BBC Education).
This decline in income is in contrast to international trends, where average teachers’ pay has been increasing.
The OECD’s comparisons follow reports of plans by the UK government to lift public sector pay caps.
The National Audit Office says schools are struggling to appoint new teachers.
The international monitoring report on education, published each year by the OECD, shows that for teachers in England, with 15 years experience, pay had fallen by 12% between 2005 and 2015, when inflation had been taken into account.
For teachers in Scotland with similar experience, pay had fallen in value by 6% over the decade.