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Other financial statements: Senior staff pay

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On this page: Head of provider remuneration | Analysis of staff costs and remuneration of higher paid staff | Severance payments

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March 2020, part way through the 2019/20 academic year. Depending (among other factors) on the financial year end of each provider, there may have been varying impacts of the pandemic on individual providers’ financial data. Those with the earliest financial year ends between August 2019 and February 2020 as displayed in this release show data that relate to pre-pandemic activity. The bulk of providers however, had a financial year end of 31st July 2020.

There were fears of financial uncertainty from the pandemic arising from potential reduction of tuition fees, commercial income reduction from residences income, catering and other activities, impact on research activities due to closures and additional IT costs to support online teaching and teaching support. Although the more extreme fears proved misplaced in 2019/20, providers continue to face challenges and will be impacted by the financial consequences of the pandemic for a few years to come.

The publication date for this release has also been impacted by COVID-19. Previous issues of this release have been published earlier in the year, around late March/early April. As a result of the pandemic, providers’ audited accounts were not available to the usual timescales, and therefore a two-month extension to the data collection timescales was granted to all providers this year. This publication was compiled and released as soon as was possible from that point.

HESA has collected and published financial statements data and associated analysis for the UK HE sector for over twenty years. During this time, HE financial data was relatively homogeneous in many respects, with financial years naturally following the pattern of the academic year. Changes to the regulation of HE in England have seen a broadening and diversification of HE provider types, and consequently a re-evaluation of appropriate collection and publication strategies.

From 2018/19 the Office for Students (OfS) has been collecting financial data from HE providers in England, including alternative providers (APs) for the first time. Note that the OfS do not collect data from further education colleges and sixth form colleges under the primary regulation of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). The data collected by the OfS has been ingested by HESA and integrated with the data for HE providers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. All tables contain a filter to allow for analysis by month of financial year end.

Accounts directions from the Office for Students, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the Scottish Funding Council and the Department for the Economy (NI) require HE providers to publish details of senior staff pay as part of their annual statements. This information was included in the HESA Finance record for the first time in 2017/18.

Providers for 2015/16 and 2016/17 academic years are all reported assuming a financial year end date of 31 July. As such, these dates will not appear in the tables.

Head of provider remuneration

This table shows the salary and benefits paid to the heads of provider in each year. Total remuneration is shown as the sum of salary and all benefits. Where the head of provider has changed during the year there is a total remuneration figure for each head that was in post during that year.

Table 11 - Head of provider remuneration

Academic years 2016/17 to 2019/20


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Analysis of staff costs

This table shows staff costs broken down by salary, pension, and other costs. Data on the remuneration of higher paid staff records the number of staff paid over £100,000 p.a. during the reporting year.

This information is collected differently for the different UK administrations: Data is not required by the funding and regulatory bodies in Scotland and is therefore not collected by HESA. Data for England is returned as full-time equivalent (FTE). Data for Wales and Northern Ireland is returned as a headcount of staff. HE providers are required to submit data in salary bands, but this data is aggregated in HESA published statistics to reduce the risk of identifying individual personal data.

Table 12 - Analysis of staff costs

Academic years 2016/17 to 2019/20

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Severance payments

This table shows the total amounts paid in compensation for loss of office, and the number of people to whom this was paid. Where compensation for loss of office is paid to the head of provider this is shown separately.

For HE providers in England data for the whole provider includes the head of provider. For HE providers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland compensation payments are only shown for staff earning over £100,000 p.a., but exclude the head of provider.

Table 13 - Severance payments by HE provider and academic year

Academic years 2016/17 to 2019/20

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