Precarious work in higher education: a snapshot of insecure contracts and institutional attitudes


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University and College Union (Great Britain) (UCU)


The use of insecure and precarious contracts is a much bigger issue than universities admit. When the use of atypical academic staff is factored in, 54 per cent of all academic staff and 49 per cent of all academic teaching staff are on insecure contracts. Staff below the level of senior lecturers and senior research fellow, who do much of the teaching and research in universities, are far more likely to be on fixed-term than open-ended contracts. But problems with the way that [Higher Education Statistics Agency] HESA and universities collect and disclose data mean that it is almost...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Providers of education and training; Higher education; Employment; Statistics; Income; Research

Keywords: Academic staff; Contract labour; Employment practice; Working conditions; Data collection; Hours of work; Survey; Attitude; Casual employment

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: London, England: University and College Union, 2016

Physical description: 35 p.

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Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 126.821

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