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Academics' pay rises dramatically

Published: Tuesday, 20 November 2007   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Government figures show that academics' pay has risen by over a quarter since 2001, which could increase graduate applications in the sector.

The report, by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), showed that on average full-time academics earned £42,620 last year.

Sally Hunt, University and College Union (UCU) general secretary, said: "Any recent improvements to staff pay are a direct result of the union dragging the employers kicking and screaming to make decent offers."

"The real issue is that educational professionals across the board have been badly paid for years," she added.

The figures also show that staff in higher education earn £10,000 more than lecturers and £8,000 more than secondary school teachers.

Meanwhile, a recent survey has shown that people are being put off graduate IT jobs by fear of being labelled "geeky".

The report, conducted by IT recruitment company Just IT, showed that 78 per cent of graduates thought that a career in IT was the "geekiest" compared to other sectors.

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