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Salary Scales for School Library Staff

A reference list of current SCP salary scales can be found further down this page.

The School Library Association recommends that school library staff should be paid as follows. These recommendations are based on the National Joint Council Schemes and Conditions of Service for England and Wales, and the National joint Council for Local Authorities Services (Scottish Council) for Scotland.

a) Professionally qualified Librarian

with first degree or Masters degree in Library and Information Science
Recommendation: SCP 29 - 34
Minimum of SCP 31 if chartered MCLIP

b) Library Manager / Clerical Assistant

with day to day responsibility, including managing budget, development planning etc. Recommendation: SCP 17 - 25
If teaching duties added to above, e.g. information skills programme
Recommendation: SCP 21 - 28

c) Clerical / Library Assistant

working with professional librarian - no strategic role
Recommendation: SCP 11 - 16
Minimum of SCP14 if City and Guilds or NVQ level 3 library assistants’ qualification held

Annual Leave

Since the Introduction of the Working Time Regulations in 1998, all staff, including those who work part-time, are entitled to a minimum of 4 weeks (equivalent) paid holiday per year.

In addition, if library staff are not employed for 52 weeks per year, two to three weeks paid employment may also be required during school holidays for stock-checks, planning and report writing etc.