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What are their employment conditions?

HE Staff Data What are their employment conditions?

2019/20 data in this release relate to details about staff employed on 1 December 2019 (with the exception of academic atypical staff). This precedes the declaration by the World Health Organisation of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. The data was collected from HE providers in Autumn 2020, during the pandemic.

In the table below, use the buttons to show HE provider data by sex, source of basic salary, academic employment function, terms of employment or contract level.

Key fact: 33% of academic staff were employed on fixed-term contracts in 2019/20.

Table 7 - HE academic staff by HE provider and employment conditions

Academic years 2014/15 to 2019/20


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Every contract is coded with a contract level. The Professor level (F1) is defined as “Senior Academic appointments which may carry the title of Professor but which do not have departmental line management responsibilities.”

Other senior contracts (codes A to E) include leadership and management responsibilities. These contracts may also be held by people who hold the Professor title.

See the Contract levels definition for more detail.

Table 9 - HE academic staff by source of basic salary and contract levels

Academic years 2014/15 to 2019/20

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The following table shows data about the number of staff on an hourly paid contract. This can be filtered by various data fields including zero hours contract.

A zero hours contract is a contract between an employer and a worker where the employer is not obliged to provide any minimum working hours, and the worker is not obliged to accept any work offered.

Figure 3 - All staff (excluding atypical) by mode of employment and hourly paid marker

Academic year 2019/20