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Further Education (Salaries)

Volume 164: debated on Monday 18 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give figures for the average salaries of further education college lecturers for each of the last 10 years, expressing each annual increase in percentage terms (a) in relation to the rise in the retail price index and (b) in relation to the rise in average non-manual earnings; and how many further education college lecturers have resigned in each of the last 10 years.

The average salaries of further education college lecturers on 31 March of each of the last 10 years are given in the table, together with the annual increases in each year relative to the retail prices index and average non-manual earnings.

Average salaries of full-lime lecturers1in colleges of further education (excluding PCFC institutions), England and Wales
Average SalaryAnnual Percentage Increase
Relative to the RPIRelative to average non-manual earnings
Year ending 31 March£Per cent.Per cent.
19796,207
19807,4619·27·6
19819,3663·10·2
198210,111-3·6-6·6
198310,681-3·4-3·2
198411,2291·1-3·7
19851,8560·4-2·4
198612,7440·50·3
198713,5723·3-2·1
1 Includes all academic staff on grades up to and including Principal.
Actual average salaries for 31 March 1988 and 1989 are not yet available. Lecturers' pay was increased on a staged basis over the period April 1987 to April 1989. The percentage increases in each of the two years relative to the RPI and average non-manual earnings are as follows:

Year ending 31 MarchActualRelative to the RPIRelative to average non-manual earnings
Per cent.Per cent.Per cent.
1987–8810·36·11·9
1988–896·.00·0-4·3
The level of salary increase to be awarded to lecturers in 1989–90 has not yet been settled.The Department does not collect information specifically on resignations. The table sets out the numbers, in percentage terms, of lecturers leaving full-time service in each of the last ten years.

Annual percentage of lecturers in colleges of further education (excluding PCFC institutions) leaving full-time service in the maintained further or higher education sector in England and Wales

Year ending 31 March

Further education colleges excluding PCFC institutions

Per cent.

19796·0
19805·8
19815·6
19825·4
19835·5
19846·0
19856·8
19866·5
19877·0

Note: The figures for 1979–85 include lecturers at non polytechnic institutions in the PCFC sector.

These figures include retirements and movement from full-time to part-time service. In a survey by the employers' organisation, LACSAB, of turnover and wastage in further education in the academic year 1987–88, losses to employment outside the sector amounted to 2·4 per cent. of employment.