HC Deb 21 October 1987 vol 120 c741W
Mr. Ron Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information he has on average pay levels of higher and further education lecturers, and higher education lecturers, respectively, in each or all of the following: (a) England and Wales, (b) Great Britain, (c) universities in the United Kingdom, (d) polytechnics in England and Wales and (e) all non-university higher education in Great Britain; and what equivalent information he has, converted to £ sterling, in relation to (i) France, (ii) Spain, (iii) Italy, (iv) West Germany and (v) the United States of America.

Mrs. Rumbold

[pursuant to her reply 24 July 1987, c. 496]: The available information is as follows:

Average pay levels £ at April 19871 England and Wales Great Britain United Kingdom
Further and higher education lecturers 15,380 15,388
Maintained2 sector further education lecturers 14,736 14,693
University Lecturers 17,611 17,644 17,658
Polytechnic lecturers 16,063


1 The latest available data on actual average pay is 31 December 1984 for university lecturers and 31 March 1985 for maintained sector further and higher education lecturers. These figures have been increased by the pay settlements since these dates. This means that the maintained sector further education lecturers pay levels are as at 1 April 1986 — no further settlement has been agreed since that date. The higher education lecturers pay levels are as at March 1987.

2 This includes lecturers in both non-advanced and advanced further education. Separate data are not available. At present the Department has no equivalent information on salary levels in other European countries, or in the USA, and is awaiting the results of a report which the EEC is funding at Leiden university in the Netherlands. The purpose of this study was to produce a comparative analysis of teachers' pay and conditions of service—at all levels, including higher education—in EEC member countries. I shall write to the hon. Member when the results of that study are available.

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