Some college vice-chancellors are being paid as a lot as 13 occasions the median pay of their workers, the college regulator has revealed.
The Workplace for College students information additionally reveals 62% of universities in England raised the variety of workers paid over £100,000, between 2016-17 and 2017-18.
The federal government says the OfS can require universities to justify excessive pay.
However the College and School Union stated its “light-weight” report uncovered the regulator as a “paper tiger”.
The colleges with the best will increase in vice-chancellor pay had been:
- De Montfort College – from £286,000 to £350,000
- Bishop Grossetest College – from £158,000 to £188,000
- The College of West London – from £266,000 to £306,000
- The College of Essex – from £257,000 to £289,000
- Anglia Ruskin College Greater Training Company
OfS chief govt Nicola Dandridge stated: “It’s good to see indicators of pay restraint at some universities, with some vice-chancellors refusing a wage improve.
“Numerous governing our bodies have lowered the fundamental pay of their vice-chancellor, although we acknowledge that it may be tough to revisit contractual obligations whereas a vice-chancellor is in put up.
“We anticipate to see additional progress subsequent 12 months.”
However the College and School Union stated the regulator had didn’t maintain its promise of requiring universities to justify annual salaries above £150,000.
The report confirmed solely 4 establishments out of 133 paid their vice-chancellor beneath £150,000 (in complete remuneration) however contained no particulars concerning the justification for these awards, the union stated.
And it failed to take a look at the “extreme and arbitrary rises nonetheless loved by some vice-chancellors” or sort out the bills and different advantages in form which have “plagued universities in recent times”.
In its conclusion, the report says: “Publishing details about remuneration and compensation for lack of workplace ensures this info is within the public area.
“The place this can be a matter of public curiosity, transparency will assist suppliers’ remuneration committees and governing our bodies to benchmark extra successfully.”
Training Secretary Damian Hinds stated: “We arrange the Workplace for College students to look out for college kids’ pursuits and it’s completely proper that the OfS calls for better transparency from universities by requiring them to justify the pay and advantages of their vice-chancellors.
“Now we have given the OfS powers to take motion if universities don’t do that and we anticipate them for use the place crucial.”
He added: “After all salaries must be aggressive – however excessive pay should be justified by excessive efficiency on goals similar to widening participation for deprived teams, low dropout charges, rising export earnings and pioneering modern analysis.”