Some .1 per cent of academic staff employed at UK universities on 1 December 2013 were on a teaching-only contract, compared with 25.2 per cent at the same point a year earlier, according to data published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency on 18 November.
Overall, some 52,575 staff were on teaching-only contracts, up by nearly 5,780 on 2012-13.
Conversely, the proportion of staff on teaching and research contracts fell from 51 per cent in 2012-13 to 48.6 per cent in 2013-14, the Hesa data show. Overall, the number of teaching and research staff remained roughly the same, falling by just 120 staff from 2012-13.
In total, 8,500 extra academics were employed at UK universities in 2013-14, up to 194,245 people in total, which represents a 4.7 per cent rise.
Nearly 2,000 more people were employed as a professor in 2013-14 compared with 2012-13, the figures also show. The number of professorial staff rose from 17,880 in 2012-13 to 19,745 in 2013-14, a 10.4 per cent rise.
About a quarter of professors (4,415 or 22.4 per cent) were women, slightly higher than the 21.7 per cent reported in 2012-13, Hesa says.
Overall, the number of staff employed in the higher education sector rose by 3.5 per cent in 2013-14, up to 395,780.
A total of 75,040 academic staff were employed on atypical contracts in 2013-14 – up by about 1,000 on 2012-13. A further 31,840 non-academic staff were also employed on atypical contracts.
The latest Hesa figures were published alongside contextual data for the REF, whose deadline for submission was 29 November 2013.