Pay and Conditions Report

During her admission speech on 10 January 2023, the Vice-Chancellor, Irene Tracey, commissioned an independent analysis of all aspects of pay and conditions for all University staff, academic and non-academic. This review covers all University of Oxford staff, including staff on joint appointments between the University and colleges.

‘I have heard the strength of feeling on pay and working conditions, and it is a priority for me to make sure the University is doing everything it can to support staff during these difficult financial times and to be an attractive place to work in the future.’ 

  • Professor Irene Tracey, Vice-Chancellor 

The purpose of the Pay & Conditions Report is to conduct a comprehensive review of the total reward and benefits offer for all staff groups across the University. 


View Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from staff feedback 


The Vice-Chancellor received the committee's findings and draft recommendations before Christmas. A draft report has now progressed to Council for discussion in Hilary term 2024, before initial outcomes and next steps are shared with all staff.

Pay & Conditions Report objectives

The key objectives of the Pay & Conditions Report are to:

  • Provide a benchmark on academic and research pay in comparison to our competitors within the UK and internationally; 
  • Provide appropriate benchmarks on professional services and support pay; 
  • Consider the full employee value proposition, rewards and benefits outside of pay – identify areas where we might do things differently, and where appropriate, provide benchmarks with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and other sectors including place of work, and policies such as volunteering; 
  • Provide feedback on our investment in people: learning and development, career progression, and more; 
  • Provide feedback on our salary structures and mechanisms for pay progression; 
  • Provide feedback on our recognition schemes; 
  • Consider approaches we might take as an institution to reduce the percentage of staff on fixed-term contracts; 
  • Make recommendations for change and the development of a reward strategy; 
  • Ensure the total reward and benefit offer and procedures are fit for the future. 

Steering Committee members

The Pay & Conditions Steering Committee reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor and Council. Its membership includes staff from the collegiate University as well as expertise from other Higher Education Institutions and other sectors. 

The Pay & Conditions project team supporting the committee is made up of members of the University's Human Resources and Internal Communications (Public Affairs Directorate) teams.

Committee meeting dates

Pay & Conditions Steering Committee meetings and workshops in 2023 and 2024:

  • Meeting – 19 June 2023
  • Meeting – 19 July 2023
  • Workshop: Professional services pay benchmarking – 22 August 2023
  • Workshop: Academic pay benchmarking – 13 September 2023
  • Meeting – 19 September 2023
  • Workshop: Benefits – 9 October 2023
  • Workshop: Investment in people – 19 October 2023
  • Meeting – 24 October 2023
  • Workshop: Pay benchmarking & reward policies and procedures – 16 November 2023
  • Meeting – 22 November 2023
  • Meeting – 13 December 2023
  • Meeting – 12 January 2024
  • Meeting – 21 February 2024

*This sentence was added in November 2023, in response to staff feedback asking for clarification of the scope of this review as established in the Project Charter. There is a corresponding FAQ with further information.