Fair Pay Campus Campaign

Our Fair Pay League and report was launched on 17th October 2013 as part of our Fair Pay Campus Campaign. Among other things, the Campaign asks that each university sets their maximum pay ratio at 10:1 by raising the lowest paid staff to the living wage and reducing the top pay bracket to £140,000.

Our report finds that:

  • Universities are actively choosing not to pay their staff fairly, despite having budgets large enough. £228m is spent on executive pay each year while 4,872 workers still earn the minimum wage and 6,769 are on less than the living wage.
  • High pay ratios between the highest and lowest paid staff at each university have risen to an average 18.6:1 since a previous report looked into pay ratios in the Higher Education sector and found them to be the highest in the public sector.

In March 2018, we launched our second Fair Pay Campus Report which found:

  • Vice Chancellors salaries have increased by £17,107 on average, meaning £31,052,607 is spent on Vice Chancellors Pay each year
  • There has been an increase of £10,140,000 in executive pay across the 117 universities who responded
  • Only 22% of those on executive salaries are women
  • The average ratio of highest to lowest paid staff at universities (that are not outsourced) is 17.5:1, in comparison to our campaign aims of 10:1 campuses.
Click here to read the 2018 report



Click here to read the 2013 report

Fair Pay League
Campaign Resources
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Fair Pay Campus
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