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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.

Important dates for the 2019 survey

  • Wed 9 Oct 2019 - Invite HR Directors and past survey contacts to confirm your institution's participation in the survey (intention to participate online form).
  • Fri 1 Nov 2019 - Deadline for confirming intention to participate in the survey.
  • Thu 7 Nov 2019 - Webinar on how to complete the survey. This webinar is targeted at individuals who are completing the survey on behalf of their institution for the first time or who would like a refresher. 
  • Mon 2 Dec 2019 - Deadline for submitting completed survey forms and signed data sharing agreements. It is important that UCEA receives the completed survey forms by this date to allow enough time for the data cleaning and verification process.
  • Week beginning 2 Mar 2020 - Survey reports published online and posted to nominated contacts.

Please note that survey form, guidance and data sharing agreement can be downloaded from the Senior Staff Remuneration Survey 2018 page (login required).

2018 report

The published 2018 survey report covering 144 institutions and over 28,000 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 2018 report bundle at £1,805 plus VAT. A special bundle rate of £705 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 Hayfa Mohdzaini at or call on 0207 383 2444.

Privacy notice

This notice outlines how UCEA will use and share employee personal information submitted through this survey, and for how long this information will be stored.

SSRS privacy notice