Universities in Scotland employ 88 workers who earn as much as, or more than, the First Minister, research has found. Only two principals across the 18 institutions are on less than Alex Salmond’s £140,000 salary, according to figures from the National Union of Students. This is from the Times…
Aberdeen’s Sir Ian Diamond earns the most — £303,000. The University of Edinburgh employs 52 people on or above Mr Salmond’s salary.
Robin Parker, president of NUS Scotland, said: “It’s unjustifiable for university principals and other senior staff to routinely be paid such large sums. There are 88 senior staff members at Scottish universities who earn more than the First Minister … the gap between the lowest and highest-paid is too large, with some receiving almost 20 times that of the lowest-paid.
“There are hundreds of millions of pounds of public money quite rightly going into universities … we must make sure that this money is used on the front line, not on increasing already substantial senior salaries.”
The details are in a submission from the NUS to consultants developing the governance code for universities. The NUS wants a maximum pay ratio between high and low earners.