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Higher education academic salaries in the UK

Walker, James and Vignoles, Anna and Collins, Mark (2009) Higher education academic salaries in the UK. Oxford Economic Papers, 62 (1). pp. 12-35. ISSN 0030-7653. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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It is widely believed that higher education academic salaries are too low, and that this may lead to a ‘brain drain’ and also lower quality in higher education, as universities fail to attract the ‘brightest and the best’. We compare the salaries of Higher Education teaching professionals in the UK with those of other comparable professionals. We compare academic salaries to a range of occupational groupings that one might view as similar, in terms of unobserved characteristics, to academics. We conclude that HE teaching professionals earn lower earnings than most public sector graduates and do particularly poorly compared to most other comparable professionals. In particular, academic earnings compare poorly to those in the legal professions, consultant physicians and dental practitioners (across both the public and private sectors). On the other hand, some public sector workers do worse than HE academics, e.g. FE teachers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article examines the relative competitiveness of academic pay in the UK and therefore has implications for policy and the competitiveness of UK HE.
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Quantitative Social Science
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2010 12:10
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:34
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