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Lecturers' Earnings

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what has been the real increase in the average earnings of (a) polytechnic lecturers and (b) university lecturers over the period April 1980 to April 1990; and what were the cash figures in each case.

The real increase in the average earnings of (a) polytechnic lecturers and (b) university lecturers over the period 1 April 1980 to 1 April 1990 is set out in the table. The choice of dates colours the picture: if the period to 1 May 1990 is considered the university lecturers' real-terms increase is 8·7 per cent.

Percentage increaseCash increase5
£
University lecturers10·39,6883
Polytechnic lecturers26·1410,293
1 Based on maximum of university lecturer scale, excluding discretionary points.
2 Based on maximum of polytechnic senior lecturer scale, from 1 April 1989. Prior to that date, based on maximum of Further Education senior lecturer scale.
3 Excludes settlement agreed between employers and Association of University Teachers effective from 1 May 1990. This would provide a real increase of 8·7 per cent. (£11,530 in cash) over the period 1 April 1980–1 May 1990, assuming the annual rate of inflation remains unchanged from the April level of 9·4 per cent.
4 The latest polytechnic lecturers pay settlement covered the period 1 April 1989–31 August 1990.
5 The figures given exclude non salary earnings.