Higher education staff get £32m bonus

Higher
education staff will be paid an extra £32m this school year.

Of
the £32m, £20m will go to lecturers and £12m to non-teaching staff who ensure
colleges are run smoothly.

The
money will be linked to performance-related payments of £1,000 for the 130,000
lecturers and £500 for 24,000 support staff.

Lifelong
Learning and Higher Education Minister, Margaret Hodge said: "We recognise
that high quality and highly motivated teaching and support staff are essential
if we are to raise standards and transform further education. Colleges have
told us they need additional support to ensure they are able to recruit, reward
and retain excellent staff, and we are providing that.

"For
the first time, non-teaching staff will benefit in recognition of their
important role in raising standards.

"We
are currently consulting on proposals for modernising the workforce in the
learning and skills sector. We will announce firm proposals later in the autumn.
But we want to make a start now."

Further
education and sixth-form colleges will receive more than £4.3bn this year, an
increase of £1.2bn in five years.

By Paul Nelson

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