Wages of sages

May 26, 2000

A few years ago, the civil service tried to hire me with a 30 per cent pay rise. I had been doing the job on secondment and found it less demanding than my academic post. If Sir Michael Bichard believes academics are well paid (News, THES, May 19), then he and his colleagues must be overpaid.

Richard Green Professor of economics University of Hull

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