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Investment in staff needed to address vacancies crisis

4 March 2022

UCU has today said that colleges must invest in their staff and pay them fairly if the current workforce crisis is to be reversed.

The union was responding to the publication of a report by the Association of Colleges (AoC), which describes the current crisis as the worst in decades, with an estimated 6,000 job vacancies in England increasing the pressure on current staff.

While blaming years of underfunding, UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: 'college leaders are not blameless in all of this. They have repeatedly used a lack of government funding as an excuse to hold down staff pay, but even after recent increases in funding for colleges, refused to offer staff any more than a paltry 1%.'

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Last updated: 8 March 2022