Pay for college lecturers has fallen well behind rates for school teachers, research to be published next week by the college lecturers' union NATFHE reveals.
Half the lecturers responding to a survey said they earned less than Pounds 20,000. One in six earns between Pounds 15,000 and Pounds 19,000. By contrast, in schools, seven out of 10 teachers earn between Pounds 20,000 and Pounds 26,000.
The union will use the research to press for a substantial pay rise, arguing that morale has declined with the erosion of wages and that FE cannot compete with schools in the job market.
But the employers are likely to seize on the research as evidence of how deeply the pay freeze has affected those who refused to sign new flexible contracts. Many lecturers have received no rise since 1993, cutting their salaries by about 10 per cent.
The union has warned that employers are looking for at least 1,500 redundancies.