The City of Edinburgh Council
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3.7 out of 5 stars.
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Schools are chronically underfunded

I would not recommend working as a PSA to anyone anymore sadly, given how low the salary is and how stressful it is working within schools which are constantly struggling for resources. Edinburgh Council will only contract you for part time hours to work as a PSA which keeps your salary down at a ridiculous level while the work can leave you too exhausted to consider a second job. The contracted hours are not enough for you to properly do your job either as you end up starting not long before the children arrive and your hours end before the children have all left, leaving the classroom unsafe and understaffed (especially within SEN schools). This also doesn't leave you enough time to set up and clear up either end of the day. Contracted duties are often vague and left up to interpretation which can leave you feeling vulnerable and overworked.My experience of working within several schools has been that the buildings are generally in need of a great deal of maintenance and are often overrun with mice. Under-staffing is a common issue which leads to unsafe situations.Pay is well below inflation and leaves you feeling undervalued and taken for granted.I have found the HR department to not always be particularly helpful. Often multiple phone calls to different people are required before anything is sorted. Definitely join a union if you're considering working as a pupil support assistant.

Pros

PT hours may suit some people if you can afford to live off a low salary

Cons

Low pay and a stressful, under-staffed working environment

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1.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
1.0 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
1.0 out of 5 stars for Management
1.0 out of 5 stars for Culture
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3.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.5 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.2 out of 5 stars for Management
3.4 out of 5 stars for Culture

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