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UCEA XpertHR Pay Club Survey

The Pay Club provides data on all staff roles below those included in UCEA’s Senior Staff Remuneration Survey. It is carried out annually by UCEA in conjunction with salary survey specialist XpertHR. 

The Pay Club Survey 2019 data collection has been extended until Friday 10 May 2019. It is expected that the report and benchmarking tools will be available to participants in the first week of June 2019. The membership fee of £745 plus VAT provides access to the report and benchmarking tools as well as the ability to request bespoke salary tables. Data submission is free and members can decide to purchase the Pay Club membership at a later date. Only HEIs that have contributed to the survey have the option to access Pay Club data. 

To join

To find out more about participating in the survey please contact Hayfa Mohdzaini Specific queries relating to completing the survey should be directed to Jennie Jakubowski at or 01229 779292, or to the XpertHR team by emailing

Survey overview

The survey provides confidential online access to a comprehensive database of salary information covering the whole of HE and access to benchmark data for many comparator roles across the economy.

Visit the XpertHR website to watch a video demo of the benchmarking tools. The 2015 user group presentation provides a more detailed overview of the survey report features (UCEA login required):

UCEA/XpertHR Pay Club user group 2015 presentation

Participating HEIs receive a full and in-depth analysis of salaries by:

  • Job level and function
  • HE sector group (e.g. GuildHE, The Russell Group, University Alliance, Million +)
  • Type of institution (i.e. pre-92, post-92 or HE college)
  • Nation/region of the UK
  • HEI income
  • Length of service

To maximise the benefit of the survey for benchmarking purposes, participating HEIs also receive the following:

  • Commercial sector comparisons for key roles (e.g. in IT, HR, Finance, Marketing and General Administration).
  • Online job pricing, enabling HEIs to query the survey database directly.
  • Benchmarking groups and individuals - simple spreadsheets which show HEIs how their roles and individual staff members compare to the market, clearly highlighting those which fall under or over the market and by how much.
  • Job titles wizard to help you match roles more quickly.
  • Confidential data - only named recipients receive a copy of the survey report and all online tools are password protected. As a “club survey” the data is exclusively available to participating HEIs and cannot be obtained any other way.

In addition, the following supplementary reports are available to participants who contribute data in the respective areas:

  • Business school analysis - separate analysis of staff within business schools will be made available free of charge for those organisations providing data in this area.
  • Bespoke reporting - data tailored to meet your individual requirements (available on request)

Pay Club terms and conditions including GDPR data processing addendum

XpertHR is UCEA's appointed third party administrator and data processor for the Pay Club survey. UCEA currently does not have sight of any personal data submitted through this survey.

Details on XpertHR's general terms and conditions including GDPR data processing addendum and salary survey participant terms and conditions can be found on their website.