26 Oct, 2014 @ 09:00
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Spanish teachers suffer massive pay cuts

SPANISH teachers’ pay packets continue to be slashed and are among the fastest declining in the EU.

A report released by the European Union revealed countries worst hit by the Eurozone’s economic crisis saw the biggest decreases in teacher salaries from 2009 until 2014.

Spain’s teaching salaries had previously been reported as being one of the highest in Europe, but that is no longer the case.

European Education Commissioner, Androulla Vassiliou, said: “Not surprisingly, the most significant declines have been recorded in the countries most affected by the economic crisis.”

“As the European Union is recovering from the economic crisis, member states should think carefully about the role of pay and working conditions to attract and retain the best teaching candidates.”

Whilst Spain saw wage cuts of 5-10%, Greek teachers have endured cuts of up to 40% in the last five years.

In contrast, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Iceland have all increased their teachers’ salaries.

Rob Horgan

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  1. Air Traffic Controllers wage in Spain article on web from 2010:
    10 earned between 810,000 and 900,000 euros,
    226 earned between 450,000 and 540,000 euros,
    701 earned between 270,000 and 360,000 euros, and
    the average basic salary is 200,000 euros but most double or triple this amount by working overtime.

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