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Why do teachers in London get a higher starting salary than outside of London?

I was reading an article in New Scientist yesterday, mentioning the top 10 jobs in science, and one of them was a science teacher, and it described a day in the life of a science teacher. And at the top it said the average starting salary for a teacher in London is £26,000 but outside of London is £21,000 So a teacher working in London starts out at an almost 25% higher salary than a teacher outside of London! Anyone know why this is? I am intrigued.

Asked By: MissP - 6/24/2010
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The cost of living is very high in London. There are a large number of people in London so companies have to compete for staff. These are just 2 reasons why Most companies offer higher pay to work in London.
Answered By: DR Bears face - 6/24/2010
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Because the cost of living is so high in London, there is a stipend that is added to the salary of most workers who live in London. This is true for most employment positions. It is there to make up the difference between the cost of living in London.
Answered By: Nerdy Jen - 6/24/2010
 
london weighting Wiki.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_weighting
Answered By: Daniel O'hara - 6/24/2010
 
Supply and demand. It's harder to get teachers who are willing to teach in any inner city, for cnditions are generally better for teachers in suburbs. Therefore, to avoid teacher shortages, they have to pay teachers more in the less-desirable (from the point of view of the teacher) schools... More
Answered By: Skepticat - 6/24/2010
 
I am not sure that average starting salary for a teacher in London is £26,000. It is too much in my opinion. However, they have good salaries. Two weeks ago I had a business with a removals companies in London and they charge so much per hour! £26,000 is not enough for their services! lol
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