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Staff 2023/24 - Source of basic salary

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Staff 2023/24

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Source of basic salary

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Short nameSOBS

This field records the source of basic salary at the reference date, or the end date of the contract if earlier

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All contracts where Contract.TERMS is coded 1 or 2

Valid entries and labels
01Wholly general financed by the higher education provider
02Partly financed by the higher education provider
03NHS/General Medical or General Dental practice or Department of Health
07UK central government bodies and local authorities
08UK industry, commerce and public corporations
10EU government bodies
11EU other
12Other overseas sources
15Other sources
51Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
52Medical Research Council (MRC)
53Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC)
54Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
55Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
57Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
58Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
59Research council - not specified
63Cancer Research UK
64Wellcome Trust
65Other Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) charity
66Other charitable foundation

This is the source of basic salary for the contract detailed in the record. This field should relate to basic salary only.

This field can be returned up to three times where a contract has multiple sources.

Whether income can be regarded as general higher education provider (HEP) funds or not depends on the distinction between unrestricted and restricted income as defined in the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP). Restricted income is that which can only be applied to a specific purpose or activity so designated by the grantor or donor. If an appointment is partly or wholly to undertake the activity specified by the provider of restricted income, then the salary should be considered to be partly or wholly sourced by that restricted income. It is not necessary for the provider to specify the particular post.

Valid entry code 02 should be used where one of the three sources is general financed by the higher education provider.

Any contract for which the principal source of basic salary comes from the Office for Students 'Special initiative' funds should be considered to be general financed by the higher education provider either code 01 or code 02.

Valid entry code 08 should be used if the main source of basic salary is from a UK branch of a multi-national company.

Valid entry code 65 should be used when the charity paying the salary is listed as a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). A directory of AMRC members is available from the AMRC web site.

The British Academy and the Royal Society and Royal Society of Edinburgh should be returned as code 59.

Valid entry code 66 should be used for all other charities not separately defined within the valid entries and should include both UK and overseas charities.


A contract that is 70% general financed by the higher education provider and 30% through NHS funds would be coded 02 in the first occurance and code 03 in the second occurance.

Quality rules
Quality rules to follow
Part of
Field length2
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences3
Schema components
Element: SOBS

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