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Lecturer pay rises may draw graduates towards academia

Published: Friday, 27 June 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Lecturer pay rises have been among the best in the public sector of the past few years, it has been claimed.

A survey conducted by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has revealed that higher education staff received salary increases of between 30 per cent between 2001 and 2007.

The figures may come as good news to graduates considering a career in higher education, with reports that Universities and Colleges have increased flexible working options also offering encouragement to university-leavers.

Bill Wakeham, UCEA chairman, said: "Over the last few years, a very considerable effort has been made to recognise the large contributions from staff by means of various enhanced elements of an overall reward package.

"There is a great deal of evidence to suggest that the total reward package for HE staff is certainly as good as, and in some respects better than, other parts of public services and the private sector."

An independent body, the UCEA offers guidance and advice to higher education institutions.

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