SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the news that teachers in Shetland are paid £1,350-a-year more than the UK average teaching salary.
UK government figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the average annual salary for full-time Scottish teachers and other education professionals is £41,350. This compares with a UK average of just more than £40,000.
That extra £1,350 for 329 local teacher represents about an extra £400 thousand for Shetland to support the local economy.
In total, the combined salaries paid to Shetland teachers means £13.6 million for the Shetland economy.
Commenting, SNP MSP Emma Roddick said:
“This is great news for teachers in Shetland and it boosts the local economy by £400 thousand.
“That cash injection would not be available with Tory control. And, as we have already seen with their post-Brexit laws, Westminster is bypassing the democratically-elected Scottish Government to allocate money based on Tory priorities.
“We have also seen what they have done in the north of England by cutting back on their promises of greater rail investment. They did the similar in the Highlands in the 1990s when they had control of that money. The lesson is clear: Westminster control means cuts not cash.
“The £71million difference in pay between Scotland and what teachers would get in England is clear evidence that the SNP Scottish Government is prioritising its investment in Scottish education and the future of the nation’s young people. “Our commitment to Scotland’s teachers continues to pay off as the attainment gap continues to narrow, a record number of pupils from the most deprived backgrounds go on to further education and more are leaving with one Higher or more.
“Attracting and retaining good quality teachers is paramount and providing competitive salary levels is a key component in delivering that.
“The whole nation is grateful for the incredible job teachers across the country have done over the pandemic. In hugely difficult and trying circumstances their commitment and dedication has been commendable and we owe them a debt of gratitude.
“Despite the constant knocking tactics of opposition parties continually undermining it, Scottish education has so much to be proud of.”