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Internal News - 27 January 2009

Recent reviews highlight challenges facing the HE sector

Two recent reviews by the Universities & Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) into finance & pay data, and recruitment & retention, have highlighted a positive picture for employees in the Higher Education sector. They have also highlighted some of the challenges facing the sector.

Conducted as part of 2006-2009 JNCHES (Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff) pay agreement, the finance and pay data review highlighted a number of key issues:

The UCEA survey into recruitment and retention also produced some positive findings. The UK wide survey included responses from 114 HEIs (70 per cent of the total). Key points included:

Jocelyn Prudence, UCEA’s Chief Executive, said of the results: “UCEA is pleased that the survey results show such a positive picture of the higher education market overall.

“The combination of the framework agreement changes and the 2006 three-year pay agreement, which delivered increases in excess of 15.9% have clearly helped to make HE a very attractive sector in which to work.”

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