NGA has campaigned for a number of years for the role of clerk to governors to be professionalised. It is widely recognised that an effective clerk is a key element in the success of any governing board, as such, all governing boards should seek to recruit high-quality professional clerks and pay them appropriately.
Since its Clerking Matters campaign began, NGA has undertaken two surveys on the pay and conditions of clerks in England in 2014 and 2016:
Clerks' Survey 2014
Clerks' Survey 2016
Although the surveys gave a wealth of information about what the pay and conditions for clerks was, in order to carry out a more comprehensive piece of work. in 2020, NGA completed a research project into the clerks' pay which can be found below.