Public Sector Rich List - Education

As part of The Public Sector Rich List, The TaxPayers’ Alliance has compiled the most comprehensive list of education employees who had total annual remuneration over £100,000.

Higher Education

Central government funding of teaching in higher education has declined in recent years with more and more of the cost of tuition being met by students. While the maximum cost of student loans tripled to £9,000, the proportion of the cost of tuition covered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s teaching grant has fallen from 59 per cent in 2009-10 to 34 per cent in 2013-14. The overall funding per student fell by 8.9 per cent over the same period.

However, despite reductions in funding per students, salaries in many higher education institutions are amongst the highest in the public sector, raising questions over student value for money.


During 2013-14, there were pay freezes across the public sector and several teaching staff strikes were led by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Teachers (NASUWT).

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Click here for the full data tables for schools

The key findings of this research are:

  • There were at least 7,554 university employees who received total remuneration in excess of £100,000.
    • There were 2,146 university employees who received remuneration in excess of £150,000.
    • 641 received remuneration more than £200,000
    • 91 received remuneration more than £300,000
    • 8 received remuneration more 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

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