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Concerns Raised Over the 'Inequality' of Staff Salary in Welsh Universities

Posted by Ross Jones-Morris in

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The UCU has raised concerns about the 'inequality' of pay at universities in Wales citing the high pay of senior staff in comparison to other staff at the universities who received much lower pay on more insecure contracts. The concerns come after a report was compiled by The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales looking at the salaries of university staff in high ranking positions.

The report found that across Wales' eight major universities 210 staff are on £100k a year or more, with seven out of the eight vice-chancellors at these universities on more than £200k.

The report however has stressed that this is comparable to other such institutions in the UK.

The UCU however has stated:

"Our main concern is the inequality between the average salary of VCs in Wales, compared to the average salary of other staff in our universities, particularly when taking into account that undergraduates are likely to be taught by a member of staff on an insecure, fixed-term contract."

"Staff on insecure contracts struggle to deliver the high level of professional service that they strive for, when faced with working conditions that leave them underpaid, vulnerable and constantly facing the prospect of unemployment."