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Age and gender statistics for HE staff

HESA publication 'Staff in Higher Education 2013/14' released today

Staff in Higher Education 2013/14 shows that there were 194,245 academic staff employed at UK higher education providers (HEPs) on 1 December 2013 and 201,535 non-academic staff.

45% of academic staff were female, but at senior levels women made up 22% of professors, and 33% of other senior academic staff.

The majority (63%) of non-academic staff in 2013/14 were women, including 54% of managerial, professional and technical staff and 82% of clerical staff.

The HESA Staff record changed in 2012/13 so that earlier definitions of Professor are not strictly comparable with recent data. However in 2003/04 only 15% of academic staff graded 'Professor' were female, and the trend shows this proportion increasing slowly over time.

The graphic and table below show the demographic breakdown of staff in UK higher education by job type:

Staff at UK HE providers by occupation, age and sex 2013/14

Academic staff by contract level, age and sex 2013/14
  Professor Other senior academic Other academic  
Age group Female Male Female Male Female Male Total
66 years and over 240 1485 35 130 1160 2590 5645
61 to 65 years 580 2495 170 550 3205 4930 11930
56 to 60 years 920 2780 435 890 6575 7290 18890
51 to 55 years 965 3075 540 920 8975 9040 23510
46 to 50 years 900 2895 405 825 10915 10685 26625
41 to 45 years 545 1810 245 465 11250 11885 26200
36 to 40 years 215 655 110 210 11895 12955 26040
31 to 35 years 40 115 70 85 13940 15490 29740
26 to 30 years 10 15 20 20 9770 10770 20605
21 to 25 years 0 0 5 0 2430 2530 4970
20 years and under 0 0 0 0 35 50 85
Total 4415 15335 2035 4100 80145 88220 194245
Non-academic staff by standard occupation classification, age and sex 2013/14
  Managerial, professional and technical Clerical Manual  
Age group Female Male Female Male Female Male Total
66 years and over 200 355 375 120 465 485 2000
61 to 65 years 1340 2050 2275 455 1535 1920 9575
56 to 60 years 4135 4165 5565 625 2965 2760 20215
51 to 55 years 5920 5330 6790 780 3320 2880 25015
46 to 50 years 6830 5810 6930 985 3080 2650 26290
41 to 45 years 7330 5930 6780 1225 2195 2170 25630
36 to 40 years 7605 5885 6340 1490 1525 1685 24535
31 to 35 years 8370 6000 7265 2095 1625 1730 27090
26 to 30 years 5885 4210 6660 2265 1615 1770 22410
21 to 25 years 2550 2135 4330 1750 1970 1775 14505
20 years and under 365 390 955 485 1230 850 4270
Total 50525 42260 54270 12280 21520 20675 201535

Publication

Staff in Higher Education 2013/14 is a downloadable publication which includes comprehensive data on HE staff broken down by demographic and contract characteristics. Staff in Higher Education 2013/14 is available to purchase now.

The introduction to the publication is published online and includes further graphs and data tables.

The next scheduled release from HESA will be the publication of finance statistics on 5 March. A schedule of HESA releases for 2015 can be found here.

Notes for Editors

  1. Press enquiries should be directed to:
    • Simon Kemp
    • HESA Press Officer
    • 01242 211120
    • [email protected] 
    • 95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ.
  2. In the above data and annex tables 0, 1, 2 are rounded to 0. All other numbers are rounded up or down to the nearest multiple of 5.
  3. Atypical staff are not included in the graphic or data tables.
  4. HESA staff data is collected from all publicly funded higher education (HE) providers in the UK, plus the University of Buckingham, which is a non-publicly-funded HE provider. The 2013/14 data covers 162 HE providers (131 in England, 9 in Wales, 18 in Scotland and 4 in Northern Ireland).
  5. HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties.
  6. More data on HE staff can be found in our Online Data Tables page, the publication introduction, and the HESA blog.
  7. Definitions of the terms used in this press release can be found on-line here.
  8. Data intelligence notes can be found here.

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