Teacher Pay in South Africa

Stellenbosch University Department of Economics Working Paper No. 26/10

35 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2015

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Servaas van der Berg

Stellenbosch University

Rulof Burger

Stellenbosch University

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

The role of teachers in achieving good quality education is universally acknowledged. What is less clear is what incentives are required to attract good teachers to teaching. Incentives, including teachers pay, need to be sufficient yet, in the light of fiscal resource constraints, not excessive. This paper deals with the issue of teacher pay in South Africa before the introduction of the recent Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) for teachers, that was intended to offer more attractive lifetime incentives to teachers in order to attract quality teachers. The paper first reviews the literature on teacher pay internationally and for South Africa, before using recent South African household surveys to empirically compare the wage received by teachers to that received by non-teachers with a similar level of education.

Keywords: teacher pay, wages, labour market, incentives

JEL Classification: J31, J45, I22

Suggested Citation

Van der Berg, Servaas and Burger, Rulof, Teacher Pay in South Africa (2010). Stellenbosch University Department of Economics Working Paper No. 26/10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1727594 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1727594

Servaas Van der Berg (Contact Author)

Stellenbosch University ( email )

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South Africa

Rulof Burger

Stellenbosch University ( email )

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Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7602
South Africa

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