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UCEA Senior Staff Survey

Since 1993 UCEA has conducted an annual survey covering the remuneration of senior staff from professor to heads of institution at participating higher education institutions.

The survey report is based on confidential information provided by institutions and provides a pay analysis of senior and middle managers in universities and colleges of higher education. Salary tables are provided by responsibility level, function group, institution type, institution size, cost centre, discipline, region and mission/sector group.

We also hold salary survey user group meetings annually for members. The purpose of these meetings is to ensure that our survey reports continue to be relevant and useful to members while balancing the effort and time required for members to gather the data.

The 2016 report is now published. Below are important dates for the next survey.

Important dates for Senior Staff Remuneration Survey 2017

Wed 1 Nov 2017 - final date for informing UCEA about intention to participate
Tue 5 Dec 2017 - survey submission closing date
Mon 5 Mar 2018 - publication date expected in the week commencing Mon 5 Mar

2016 report

The published 2016 survey report covering 145 institutions and over 27,000 senior staff is now available to nominated recipients of participating HEIs. The report is available in four formats; print, PDF, Excel and Tableau Reader.

Please get in touch with if you need extra help with accessing electronic versions of the report.

UCEA member HEIs that have not participated can purchase the 2016 report bundle at £1,700 plus VAT. A special bundle rate of £645 plus VAT was offered to participating HEIs. This covers the cost of UCEA conducting the survey, analysing the data and producing the report in four formats.

The cost of obtaining survey data of this kind from a private sector provider would be considerably higher. By participating in this survey, institutions benefit from access to a large and unique source of information at a modest charge.

Bespoke benchmarking and more information

Bespoke salary tables or specific benchmarking work can be provided on request. For more information or to give feedback on the survey please contact Viola Salvestrini at or call on 0207 383 2444.