Human Resources

Our Workforce

One of the many strengths of the University of Bath is the diverse and varied nature of our workforce. As well as drawing on the skills from across society, it is also important to us that those who interact with students also reflect the make-up of the student body.

Our workforce is made up of people contracted in different ways. ACAS uses the following definitions:

  • Employees – these may be full-time or part-time, permanent or fixed term. At the end of the last academic year we employed 3156 people, or 2841 full-time equivalents (FTE)[1]
  • Workers – these may be on agency or casual contracts and will usually do short-term or seasonal work. Last academic year we employed 219 full-time equivalents or 7% of our workforce in roles on this basis.
  • Self-employed – these people will not be on an employment contract, and sometimes employed through personal service companies.

It is important that we are able to recruit talented people from across the world to build the workforce we need to deliver a high quality student experience. Our employees, as a group:

  • are of 68 different nationalities. Some 22% of our employees are originally from outside the UK, one of the higher proportions in Universities, with 15% coming from Europe and 7% from the rest of the world
  • are 49% female and 51% male
  • are employed across many different working patterns to provide a good service to students. We try and offer flexible working options, and 24% of our staff work on a part-time basis
  • include people from many ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of staff from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds is 8.2% which compares with 5.4% in the Bath area

[1] To account properly for part-time workers, we use the term ‘full time equivalent’ which at this University equals 36.5hrs/week. So someone working 0.5FTE would be working 18.25hrs/week.