University staffing in NZ

The NZ Initiative has analysed data on staff numbers in NZ universities. They found:

  • 7,380 ‘academic staff’ and 11,265 ‘other staff’ at New Zealand universities in 2021.
  • A ratio of approximately 1.5 non- academics to every academic.
  • In other countries the rations are Australia 1.2, US 0.8, UK 0.8
  • Non-academic staff salaries make up around 45% of the total staff costs

This might partially explain why the universities have such large deficits!

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