Teachers’ pay has plummeted by 30 per cent in the last year in the United States, India, South Africa, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil and the UK, according to a report released by the US Department of Education on Monday.
The report, released by an Education Department task force, found that average salaries for teachers were down by $3,964 in 2015 and $5,826 in 2016, according an annual survey by the Education Department.
In the United Kingdom, average salaries fell by $1,066 in 2015, by $5.6 million in 2016 and by $9,068 in 2017, according the survey.
In Australia, average teachers’ pay fell by 3.6 per cent between 2015 and 2016, by 7.2 per cent over the same period in 2017 and by 8.1 per cent across the last two years.
Teachers in the UK and Australia are required to have a bachelor’s degree and a university degree in order to hold a teaching position.
The education department’s study also found that a higher percentage of teachers in the US, the UK or the US are now eligible to take a job at a non-profit.
Teacher pay was lower in the countries surveyed, which include Canada, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Australia.
In New Zealand and Australia, teacher salaries were higher than the national average in 2015.
The Education Department said that in the five years between 2014 and 2016 teachers earned on average $15,865 and $19,566, respectively, compared to $14,664 and $15.664, respectively in the national median income.
The Department of Labor is investigating the report.