The Independent is reporting that the government is to put an extra £1.5Bn into academic salaries. Notable quotes:
At Labour’s National Policy Forum on 1 December, [Tony Blair] said university lecturers were “probably the worst-paid workers in the public sector”.
He said their pay had only increased by five per cent in the past 20 years whereas the figure for the rest of the economy was 45 per cent.
The article goes on to note that this might mean pay rises of up to 18%, though doesn’t attribute this figure.