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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
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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
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* 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:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • knowledge of English language
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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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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