For Attention: Educators (including Office-based educators)
                       TVET Lecturers
                       Therapists, Psychologists and Counsellors
                       Administrative and support staff

In News Flash 2 of 2019 members were informed that the 1,3% pay progression for educators, negotiated as part of the 2018 wage agreement, had eventually been implemented, back dated to 1 July 2018.

In education we have different groups of employees - educators employed in terms of the Employment of Educators Act; Therapists, Psychologists and Counsellors employed in terms of the same Act; TVET staff (both lecturers and support staff) employed in terms of the Public Service Act; and other administrative and support staff also employed in terms of the Public Service Act.

The system of pay progression, in terms of which an employee could annually progress one salary notch within the salary scale applicable to his/her post (where more than one salary level is attached to a specific post, it applies to the salary scale applicable to the specific salary level), is applicable to all permanently appointed employees in education. Pay progression is not automatic, but is based on a performance assessment rating of at least satisfactory.

Except for educators and TVET lecturers, all other employees in education are on salary scales of which the difference between notches within such salary scales is 1,5%. In other words when such employees qualify for pay progression, their salaries increase by 1,5%.

Until 1 July 2018, the value of salary notches on the salary scales applicable to the various salary levels for educators and TVET lecturers was only 1%. As part of PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2018 (wage agreement) parties agreed that pay progression for all employees in the public service should be equalized at 1,5%. That would bring educators on par with the other above-mentioned employees in education who already receive pay progression of 1,5%.

The pay progression improvement for educators and TVET lecturers could, however, not be implemented in one go, but only incrementally, the first of which occurred on 1 July 2018 when the past pay progression increment of 1% was improved to 1,3%. On 1 July 2019 pay progression for these employees will be further improved by 0,2%, so that from this date all employees in education who qualify for pay progression will receive 1,5%.

The improvement in the pay progression of educators and TVET lecturers in terms of PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2018 therefore did not affect the pay progression of Therapists, Psychologists and Counsellors, or the administrative and support staff employed in terms of the Public Service Act, because the value of pay progression for them has always been 1,5%.