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Contents

  • Trends and profiles
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Data source
  • Terminology
  • Overview of staff in English HEIs
  • Overall staff numbers
  • Staff numbers by type of institution
  • Staff and employment attributes
  • Activity profile of the workforce
  • Age profile of the workforce
  • Disability profile of the workforce
  • Ethnicity profile of the workforce
  • Sex profile of the workforce
  • Nationality profile of the workforce
  • Salary profile of the workforce
  • Annex A – Changes to previously published data
  • Annex B – Overview of UK staff numbers
  • Annex C – Ethnicity profile of the non-UK nationality workforce

Executive summary

Purpose

1.         This report is the fifth HEFCE report on staff employed at HEFCE-funded higher education institutions (HEIs) and builds on the findings reported in 2007 (see HEFCE 2007/36) by including information on staff in academic year 2006-07. This update provides information on staff employed in English HEIs, with further detail given by separating the staff into academic, professional and support staff.

Key points

2.         In this report we give an overview of trends in staff at English HEIs from 1995-96 to 2006-07. It shows the following aspects.

Numbers

3.         The total number of staff rose 9 per cent between 2003-04 (275 thousand) and 2006-07 (300 thousand).

Contracts

4.         There was an increase in the proportion of academic, professional and support staff with permanent contracts between 2003-04 and 2006-07. The proportion of professional and support staff with permanent contracts increased from 84 to 87 per cent between 2003-04 and 2006-07. For academic staff, the proportions rose from 63 to 70 per cent across the same period.

Age profile

5.         There has been relative stability in the proportions of permanent academic staff in different age brackets. There is similar stability in the professional and support staff categories.

Disability

6.         There was a rapid increase in the proportions of permanent academic staff reported as declared disabled between 2000-01 and 2003-04. After 2003-04, the proportions have steadied to around 2.5 per cent.

7.         The proportion of professional and support staff reported as disabled in 2006-07 was 3.2 per cent. The equivalent proportion in 2003-04 was 2.9 per cent.

Ethnicity

8.         The proportion of permanent academic staff from a non-white ethnic background rose steadily between 1995-96 and 2006-07. This also applies to the professional and support staff where the proportion has risen by one percentage point between 2003-04 and 2006-07 (currently 6.9 per cent).

Sex

9.         Between 1995-96 and 2006-07, there has been a consistent increase at all grades in the proportions of permanent academic staff who are female. The proportion of permanent academic female staff has risen from 35 to 38 percent between 2003-04 and 2006-07.

10.       For the professional and support staff, the proportion who are female has remained constant at 62 per cent between 2003-04 and 2004-05.

Nationality

11.       The proportion of permanent academic staff who are non-UK nationals has risen steadily between 1995-96 and 2006-07. In 2006-07, 16 per cent of these staff were non-UK nationals.

12.       The proportion of professional and support staff who are non-UK nationals increased throughout the four-year period between 2003-04 and 2006-07. Eight per cent of these staff were non-UK nationals in 2006-07.

Salary

13.       In 2006-07 the median salary of the permanent academic staff was £41,000: a rise of 13 per cent from 2003-04. A further breakdown shows that the median salaries of professors, senior lecturers, and lecturers were £62,000, £46,000 and £37,000 respectively.

14.       For professional and support staff, the median salary in 2006-07 was £21,000: a rise of 16 per cent from 2003-04. A further breakdown shows that the median salaries of managers and professionals, technicians, support administrators and other professional and support staff were £35,000, £24,000, £20,000 and £14,000 respectively.

Action required

15.       No action is required in response to this document.

Date: 1 July 2008

Ref: 2008/26

To: Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions

Of interest to those
responsible for:

Staff data, Planning, Human resources management

Enquiries should be directed to:

Mark Gittoes
tel 0117 931 7052
e-mail m.gittoes@hefce.ac.uk