In UK, More Than Half of Academics Employed on Precarious Contracts

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by Jack Grove More than half of academics are employed on precarious contracts, claims a report by the University and College Union on the “hire-and-fire culture of insecure working” within higher education. Some 54 per cent of all academic staff and 49 per cent of teaching staff at UK universities are employed on “insecure contracts”, according to the study, Precarious Work in Higher Education: A Snapshot of Insecure Contracts and Institutional Attitudes, published on 14 April. However, an even larger proportion of academic staff at more junior levels are on such contracts, says the report, which states that “fixed-term employment […]
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