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Research damns assistants' pay rates ...
Research damns assistants' pay rates

Dramatic variations in teaching assistants' salaries have been revealed by Unison research.

Results of a study commissioned by the union show pay for teaching assistants varies between£7,000 in South Tyneside to almost£18,000 in South Gloucestershire.

Major disparities in holiday pay were noted. Over 40% of schools did not pay teaching assistants during holidays. The report estimates the percentage of assistants not receiving holiday pay could be as high as 80%.

Unison is calling for a national pay and career structure for teaching assistants.

Christina McAnea, senior national education officer said: 'This survey demonstrates teaching assistants are on appalling rates of pay, even though their work is vital.'

The survey analysed responses from 49 councils and more than 900 schools.

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