Teacher salaries will be increased by 8.4% from January 1, 2024. This is due to the new Collective Labor Agreement, which was signed by the Minister of Education Galin Tsokov and the unions.
After the increase, the starting minimum basic salary for teachers becomes BGN 1,853. The amount is the same for all other pedagogical specialists: resource teachers, educators, heads of departments, information and communication technologies, speech therapists, psychologists, pedagogical advisors and others.
The monthly minimum basic salary for senior teachers and senior educators becomes BGN 1,911 and BGN 1,985 for head teachers and head educators.
Principals will be paid a basic salary of at least BGN 2,257 per month, while their deputies will get BGN 2,088.
The new collective agreement also provides for salary increases for both workers and non-teaching staff.
Nearly BGN 290 million from the state budget has been provided for the salary increase of pedagogues.
The agreement was signed by the Minister of Education and Science Tzokov, the head of the Bulgarian Union of Teachers with the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) Yanka Takeva, the head of the Education trade union with the Confederation of Labour Podkrepa Julian Petrov, the head of the Independent Teachers' Trade Union with CITUB Asparuh Tomov and by representatives of the Union of Employers in the Public Education System (SRSNPB).
Diyan Stamatov, head of the SRSNPB, told BTA on December 14, 2023, that the budget proposed for all education and science was is 4.1% of GDP, which is a reduction of 0.2%. Thus it will not be possible to increase teachers' salaries by a higher margin. Realistically, the increase should not be 8% but 15 to 18%, in order to maintain the trend of teachers' salaries being 125% of the national average salary, Stamatov said.