8,648 schools and university staff on £100,000 or more

As part of The Public Sector Rich List, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) today publishes the most comprehensive list of employees in the state education sector who had total annual remuneration exceeding £100,000 in 2013-14.

As funding from government to education institutions decreases, necessary savings are being made in line with the rest of the public sector. Yet despite the need for pay restraint across the public sector, remuneration packages for senior staff at many education institutions remain extremely generous.

A combination of Freedom of Information requests to schools, multi-academy trusts and universities - alongside analysis of annual statements of accounts - has been used to produce this research. This report allows direct comparison of remuneration among employees within the education sector across the country.


The key findings of this research are:

  • There were at least 7,554 university employees who received total remuneration greater than £100,000
    • There were 2,146 university employees who received remuneration greater than £150,000
    • 641 received remuneration greater than £200,000
    • 91 received remuneration greater than £300,000
    • 8 received remuneration greater than £500,000
  • The university with the most employees in receipt of remuneration over £100,000 was the University of Oxford with 622
  • There were 92 universities with at least 10 employees who received more than £100,000, 23 universities had more than 100 employees paid above that level
  • The higher education employee with the largest total remuneration package in the UK in 2013-14 was an employee at the University of Oxford - £690,199
  • At least 1,094 school employees received remuneration greater than £100,000
    • 110 received remuneration greater than £150,000


Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:

“Taxpayers will not begrudge an inspiring headteacher or world-class academic a good salary if they produce great results and motivate their students, but too often this is not what we find.

“Where institutions fail but financial rewards continue to flow to those at the top regardless, there is clearly a serious problem and taxpayers have every right to be concerned. The pay and perks enjoyed by those working at our schools and universities - and indeed across the entire public sector - must more accurately reflect how well they are doing their jobs.”
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