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Table 11 - Head of provider remuneration 2016/17 to 2020/21

HE Provider Data: Finance

Table 11 - Head of provider remuneration

Academic years 2016/17 to 2020/21


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As part of their latest data submission, HE providers are able to restate the previous year's figures. In this table, previous year's figures are based on restated figures (so the 2018/19 figures are taken from the 2019/20 return and the 2017/18 figures are from the 2018/19 return). Where a provider has not submitted data in a given academic year they will not be shown in either that academic year nor the prior academic year due to the unavailability of restated values.

For the 2018/19 and onwards collections, some English providers were not required to complete this table. Where that is the case, the providers are not shown for restated 2017/18, 2018/19 and later years.

Where the head of provider’s remuneration expressed as a pay multiple of all other employees' remuneration shows as zero, this may be because the individual returned was an interim/acting head of provider.

Where monetary values are blank (for SRUC), data has been suppressed.

Head of provider medians and non-taxable benefits was optional in 2017/18 for Welsh providers.

For the 2019/20 academic year, providers in England who submitted data to the OfS returned data on one of two templates depending on their financial year end date. For those with financial year ends between 01 August 2019 and 31 December 2019, in the 'basic salary' section of this table they returned 'Salary in lieu of pension'. Those with a financial year end of 1 January 2020 or later would have instead returned 'Salary in lieu of pension and payments in lieu of pension contributions'. Providers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland submitted data to HESA in relation to 'Salary in lieu of pension and payments in lieu of pension contributions'. Similarly, 'Pension contributions and payments in lieu of pension contributions' was updated to 'Pension contributions'. Table 11 displays both fields in each case as they are materially different in definition.

Where a portion of the salary of the head of provider has been waived, this may have been included in the annualised salary, as this figure shows what the head of provider would have been paid in a usual full financial year.

Where the head of provider has been paid by a parent company of the provider, the head of provider remuneration reported may be the contribution made by the provider itself, and not the total remuneration package for the head of provider. In some circumstances, the information in this table may not be returned by the provider as the entire remuneration package is provided by a parent company.

Type of data

Administrative data

Data source

HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) are the experts in UK higher education data and analysis. We have been collecting higher education information since the 1994/95 academic year.

Finance data is taken from the HESA Finances record, which universities, colleges and other higher education providers return to HESA on an annual basis. The Finance record collects a range of information about the primary financial statements from HE providers' published accounts.

From 2018/19, data for English HE providers (excluding further education colleges and sixth form colleges under the primary regulation of the Education and Skills Funding Agency) was collected by the Office for Students .

We provide data and analysis on finances of HE providers to a wide variety of customers, including:

  • Governments
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  • Academic and commercial researchers
  • Students and potential students
  • Trade unions and employers' associations
  • Policy makers.

Our data is used to regulate the sector, inform policy making, advance understanding of social and economic trends, support decision making, and enhance public understanding of - and confidence in - the higher education sector.

Related releases

Our HE Provider Data: Finance data pages collect together all of the tables we publish on finances in higher education.

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