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Table 11 - Head of provider remuneration 2016/17 to 2021/22

HE Provider Data: Finance

Table 11 - Head of provider remuneration

Academic years 2016/17 to 2021/22

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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). 

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 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 will 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.

Type of data

Administrative data

Data source

HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) is part of Jisc. We 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.

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Further information

This table displays remuneration and details basic salary, benefits and other payments made to the head of a provider.

View Table 11 - Head of provider remuneration

The purpose of this table is to display transparently any remuneration and other payments, both in cash and in kind, made to the head of the provider. If there were more than one head over the financial year, then detail for each head is displayed separately. English providers only complete this table if they have been registered with the OfS for at least a year after the financial year end that the data is related to.

Details of salary paid includes basic salary, annualised salary, salary sacrifice arrangements, performance pay, pension arrangements, other payments and compensation for loss of office.

Basic salary is salary before any adjustments are made for salary sacrifice. If the head of the provider is in post for less than 12 months, then that salary is annualised as if it were for 12 months. Salary sacrifice are schemes that are operated by the provider which could lead to taxable or non-taxable benefits.

To ensure transparency, along with pension contributions made by the provider, details of any payments made in lieu of pensions and payments made to any other pension scheme not operated by the provider is also displayed. Payment of dividends, collected by the OfS from English providers, are for those who operate as a dividend paying company.

Other taxable benefits include company cars, subsidised accommodation or loans paid to the head of the provider.

Non-taxable benefits include contributions made to relocation costs, living accommodation made available as part of the role, and any other benefits in kind paid to the head of the provider.

Other remuneration is all other payments including compensation for loss of benefits, any ex-gratia payments or payments for consultancy provided by carrying out such work using staff or resources of the provider.

Providers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland submit data to the following 2 questions with a Yes or No response.

  • Was the individual provided with provider accommodation? (Yes/No)
  • Please confirm if this has been given a nil taxable value in the above table? (Yes/No)

In addition to the payments, both in cash and in kind, this table displays the head of the provider’s pay multiples. The pay multiple is expressed, on a full-time equivalent (FTE) basis, in two ways:

  • Head of the provider’s basic salary as a multiple of median pay for staff of the provider.
  • Head of the provider’s total remuneration as a multiple of median total remuneration for staff of the provider.

The head of the provider’s remuneration data is required by funding bodies and specified in their accounts direction. Refer to:

This table collects data retrospectively for the latest financial year. It also collects restated data to previously submitted information for the one year prior as comparison to the current year.

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