From 2003: Science Technicians – from Pat Cowden

Science technician rates of pay and conditions of work vary widely even within the same Local Education Authority. We would like to emphasise to the Government and the Department for Education and Skills, the strength of feeling over the need for urgent review. The last such review was in 1940. Would you be kind enough to ‘sign’ our petition?

Many thanks in advance,


The Royal Society

The Select Committee on Science and Technology’s Third report

“Pay is low; salaries average £9,000…there are few training opportunities for technicians…there is little motivation to undertake training when it will not be linked to career progression…it is difficult to promote the idea of being a technician as a professional occupation; it is more of a stopgap job” “The pay and conditions under which technicians are employed strike us as downright exploitation”