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Higher education lecturer Average UK Salary & Prospects

Higher education (HE) lecturers research and teach academic and vocational subjects at universities and higher education colleges.

  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.  
  • Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.  
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.  
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures
Read more about Higher education lecturer

Higher education lecturers typically work around 36 to 38 hours per week.

As a Higher education lecturer you will typically work evenings.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done
  • Read more about Higher education lecturer
    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    53,553 GBP *
    per year
    33,000 GBP
    55,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Higher education lecturer

    Men make 17% more than Women
    60% of Higher education lecturers are men
    • 57,406 GBP
    • 47,611 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Higher education lecturer
    Average salary for full-time Higher education lecturer

    • 17,142 GBP
    • 16,850 GBP
    • 17,439 GBP
    • 53,553 GBP
    • 47,611 GBP
    • 57,406 GBP
    Pay over time for Higher education lecturer

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 48,835 GBP
    • 50,336 GBP
    • 50,293 GBP
    • 52,353 GBP
    • 52,873 GBP
    • 53,553 GBP

    Future outlook for Higher education lecturers

    Excellent outlook
    171 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    2% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Very good outlook
    20% chance of automation in the future

    Higher education lecturer - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Higher education lecturer and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 53% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 24% of people in this role have a Master's degree
    • 15% of people in this role have some postgraduate study, but not a masters or doctorate

    You'll need:

    •  the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools  
    •  to be thorough and pay attention to detail  
    •  customer service skills  
    •  the ability to use your initiative  
    •  knowledge of building and construction  
    •  analytical thinking skills  
    •  patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations  
    •  persistence and determination  
    • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Higher education lecturer

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    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Higher education lecturer.
    Instructing Teaching others how to do something
    Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
    Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Higher education lecturer. Check that you know:
    Computer based training software Instructional software
    Data base user interface and query software Blackboard; PowerSchool SIS
    Internet browser software Web browser software
    Presentation software Microsoft PowerPoint
    Spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel
    Improve your skills today

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    Things to highlight for your Higher education lecturer interview

    Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Adaptability/Flexibility Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

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