Public sector pay rises announced

Teachers are set to receive their biggest pay rise in fifteen years in a landmark pay deal for the sector.

The Education Secretary has today (21 July) accepted all the recommendations from the independent School Teachers’ Review Body to raise the starting salary for new teachers by 5.5% and increase the upper and lower boundaries of the pay ranges for all other teachers by 2.75%. These recommendations are equivalent to a 3.1% increase in the overall pay bill.


Service personnel in the UK will receive an above inflation 2% pay rise this year, in recognition of the vital work they do every day protecting the country.

This new award will bring the total pay rise over the last 3 years to 7%, and increase starting salaries for an officer by £545; £634 for a Corporal and £400 for a newly trained soldier, sailor or air man or woman.

As a result, the basic pay for other ranks on completion of their initial training will now be £20,400 and the average salary for a Corporal will be £32,797.

Personnel will see the 2020/21 rise implemented in their September pay packets and backdated to April 2020. The award comes in addition to the non-contributory pension and access to incremental pay progression.


Doctors and NHS dentists. The government has accepted in full the pay recommendations in the latest Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) report, which considers a range of evidence from the NHS and trade unions.

This pay award is worth, in basic pay:

  • between £2,200 and £3,000 for consultants
  • between £1,100 and £2,100 for specialty doctors
  • between £1,500 and £2,600 for associate specialists
  • General dental practitioners will receive a 2.8% general uplift in the pay element of their contract backdated to April 2020.


Police officers: Police officers, prison officers and those working for the National Crime Agency will benefit from a 2.5% pay rise.


Department Agreed award
School Teachers 3.1%
Doctors & Dentists 2.8%
Police Officers 2.5%
Armed Forces 2%
National Crime Agency 2.5%
Prison Officers 2.5%
Judiciary 2%
Senior Civil Servants 2%
Senior Military 2%

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