SECTION 4: Gender and Staffing Profile Data
This section provides detailed profiles of gender and workforce data by
- Employment Level (FTE)
- Employment Level (headcount)
- Employment Status (headcount)
- Employment Function (headcount)
Staffing data was submitted by higher education institutions at the four-digit FoR code level. The two-digit FoR codes report the aggregated data of all the four-digit FoR codes that sit beneath the relevant two-digit FoR code. Researchers are assigned an employment level, a status and a function. Staffing profile data submitted for the ERA 2018 evaluation are as of the staff census date (31 March 2017).
The institutions report academic classification levels of each eligible researcher as used in the Higher Education Staff Data Collection (HESDC). The employment levels are Level A–E, Non-academic (that is, non-academic staff and Higher Education Worker Level 1-10), and Other (that is, Vice-chancellor, Deputy Vice-chancellor).
Each eligible researcher in the ERA evaluation is assigned to one of three Employment Status categories: employed on a full-time or fractional full-time basis, employed on a casual basis, or other employed (e.g. unpaid, visiting, seconded, or exchange staff members).
The Employment Function of an eligible researcher describes the general type of work which they have formally agreed with the institution to undertake. For ERA purposes, the function of an eligible researcher can be described as 'research only', 'teaching and research', or 'other function'. A researcher whose function is 'teaching only' who has produced one or more submitted research outputs should be classified as 'other function'. This definition is to be interpreted as having the same content as the combined HESDC definitions of a 'teaching only' and an 'other function'.
FTE versus Headcount
In ERA, FTE represents the time or workload of individuals employed and includes only those employed on a full-time or fractional full-time basis with research only or research and teaching functions. Excluded from this group are those employed on a casual basis as well as 'other employed' (e.g. unpaid, visiting, seconded, or exchange staff members). Headcount represents the raw number of employees and includes staff employed on a full-time or fractional full-time basis, those employed on a casual basis as well as 'other employed' (e.g. seconded or unpaid visiting staff).