Pay and Reward

The University offers a competitive pay structure and generous terms and conditions of employment, alongside mechanisms for progression and reward, recognising the outstanding work our staff deliver. Find out what our salary scales and read about the University becoming a Real Living Wage accredited employer. Discover the pension options we offer and learn more about our generous annual leave allowance, University closure days and more.

Terms and conditions

The University can boast a wide range of generous Terms and Conditions and HR Policies that far exceed statutory baselines, including a suite of Work/Life Balance and Family Friendly policies; provision for paid Special Leave for compassionate, domestic or other emergency reasons; provision for paid time off to undertake voluntary work; and opportunities to purchase annual leave.

We also have an Annual Review process to consider cases for promotion and accelerated incremental progression at yearly intervals.

Salary scales

We offer an attractive pay structure via the national pay spine, including provision for annual increments within grades.

We are also a member of the UCEA national negotiating framework for annual pay awards, providing for yearly review of salary rates at a national level to ensure rates are consistent with peer institutions.

In recognition of performance, our Annual Review process allows for the  consideration of cases for promotion and accelerated incremental progression.

Our salaries are based on our offer of low base contract hours (35 hours per week for support and PMSA staff, unspecified for academic and research staff).

Download our Salary Scales and Hourly rates 2022-2023

Real Living Wage

The University of Liverpool is a Real Living Wage accredited employer, and as such is committed to paying whichever is the higher of either the nationally negotiated pay rates or the Real Living Wage.

Strategic Reward for Senior Staff Policy

The University’s strategic aim is to continue to build a world class institution and a key part of this is the reward of high performance and excellence in delivery. Find out about our Strategic Reward for Senior Staff Policy.

Clinical academic salary scales

The clinical academic pay scales are available on the UCEA website (login required).


We have several competitive pension schemes on offer in order to suit colleagues' circumstances and eligibility. These include generous employer contributions and provision for ill health retirement and death in service. 

Further to this, colleagues can take part in our Pensions Plus scheme, enabling cost-effective pension contributions via salary sacrifice.

Annual leave and closure days

Our generous annual leave provision amounts to 26 days for Support staff and 30 days for PMSA staff (pro-rata for part-time staff), with Academic and Research staff able to take annual leave at similar levels by local arrangement. These allowances are offered on top of University closure days (six days) and bank holidays (eight days).

Relocation package

A relocation package is available to certain roles, see our relocation pages for more information. 

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