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Resources of Higher Education Institutions 2004/05 published

This press release looks at data from the HESA Staff Record. There are three types of staff collected within this record: academic staff, non-academic staff and atypical staff. The HESA Staff Record in its new form was introduced in 2003/04 and the compulsory collection of data on atypical staff from 2004/05. Unless otherwise stated the text of this release refers to non-atypical staff.

In 2004/05 there were 346,305 staff at institutions in the UK HE sector. 160,655 staff, or 46.4 per cent, were recorded as academic staff.

After academic staff the next largest group of staff are library assistants, clerks and general administrative assistants at 13.4 per cent. Cleaners, catering assistants, security officers, porters and maintenance workers make up 9.2 per cent and laboratory, engineering, building, IT and medical technicians (including nurses) 7.8 per cent.

All staff in all UK institutions by activity, mode of employment and gender 2004/05
  Full-time   Part-time   Total (non-atypical)   Atypical
  Female Male Total   Female Male Total       Female Male Total
                           
All activities 106650 127790 234440   75980 35885 111865   346305   82160 82310 164550
Managers 5045 6220 11265   760 255 1010   12275   60 100 165
Academic staff 39610 70015 109625   26610 24420 51030   160655   37065 44700 81795
Non-academic professionals 9545 9030 18575   3005 880 3885   22460   3715 4580 8340
Laboratory, engineering, building, IT & medical technicians (including nurses) 6405 16655 23060   2805 1150 3955   27015   1275 1955 3230
Student welfare workers, careers advisors, vocational training instructors, personnel & planning officers 3665 1620 5285   2090 475 2565   7850   3620 2445 6065
Artistic, media, public relations, marketing & sports occupations 1940 1850 3790   795 335 1130   4920   2395 1815 4210
Library assistants, clerks & general administrative assistants 23440 6425 29865   14135 2415 16555   46420   18605 13715 32330
Secretaries, typists, receptionists & telephonists 11835 875 12705   6650 340 6990   19695   2570 2020 4590
Chefs, gardeners, electrical & construction trades, mechanical fitters & printers 570 4225 4790   390 250 640   5435   345 400 745
Caretakers, residential wardens, sports & leisure attendants, nursery nurses & care occupations 1280 1680 2960   1375 620 1995   4955   1330 1120 2450
Retail & customer service occupations 435 165 600   540 180 720   1320   1460 860 2320
Drivers, maintenance supervisors & plant operatives 155 1090 1250   135 110 245   1495   90 175 265
Cleaners, catering assistants, security officers, porters & maintenance workers 2725 7945 10670   16690 4445 21135   31805   9625 8425 18050

Of the 185,650 non-academic staff, 40.1 per cent were managerial, professional and technical, 35.6 per cent were secretarial and clerical and 24.2 per cent were involved in manual occupations.

Women made up 52.7 per cent of all staff, however, this figure is 41.2 per cent when looking at just academic staff and 62.7 per cent for non-academic staff. 32.3 per cent of all staff worked part-time, with this figure being 31.8 per cent for academic staff. 32.8 per cent of non-academic staff worked part-time. Reported for the first time in 2004/05, there were 164,550 atypical staff, of whom 49.9 per cent were female.

89.5 per cent of staff reported their ethnicity. The percentage of staff for whom ethnicity data is known did not vary greatly by staff group and mode of employment. Among staff of known ethnicity, the proportion from ethnic minority groups varied considerably, with greater representation among academic staff at 10.4% than among non-academic staff at 8.2%.

All staff (excluding atypical) by ethnicity and mode of employment 2004/05
  Total Staff of
known
ethnicity
Staff of known
ethnicity as a
percentage
of total staff
Ethnic
minority
staff
Ethnic minority staff
as a percentage
of staff of
known ethnicity
           
All staff 346305 309880 89.50% 28515 9.20%
           
Academic staff 160655 141500 88.10% 14720 10.40%
Full-time 109625 99785 91.00% 11080 11.10%
Part-time 51030 41715 81.70% 3640 8.70%
           
Non-academic staff total 185650 168380 90.70% 13795 8.20%
Full-time 124820 114810 92.00% 8425 7.30%
Part-time 60830 53570 88.10% 5375 10.00%
           
Managerial, professional & technical staff 74520 68255 91.60% 4685 6.90%
Clerical staff 66115 61480 93.00% 5085 8.30%
Manual staff 45010 38650 85.90% 4025 10.40%

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When using this material please credit HESA’s Resources of Higher Education Institutions publication.

Academic staff are those who are responsible for planning, directing and undertaking academic teaching and research within HE institutions. They also include vice-chancellors, medical practitioners, dentists, veterinarians and other health care professionals who undertake lecturing or research activities.

Non-academic staff include managers, non-academic professionals, student welfare workers, secretaries, caretakers and cleaners.

Atypical staff are those who are working less than four consecutive weeks, doing short one-off tasks or work as-and-when required. Examples could include answering phones during clearing, staging an exhibition, organising a conference, conference catering, student ambassadors and student demonstrators.

Resources of Higher Education Institutions 2004/05 is published annually by HESA. It is available to the public from HESA Customer Services, telephone 01242 211155 or see our products page for more information. In addition to staff data it also contains data on HE finances.

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