Employment Conditions 2021

Chloe SU made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Homerton College, Cambridge

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Dear Homerton College, Cambridge,

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for information relating to your employment practices. I would like to know the following:
1. As of February 26th 2021, the exact lowest hourly wage (excluding benefits) paid by the college to workers (employees or casual workers), over the age of 18, who are not trainees or apprentices, not including holiday pay.
2. As of February 26th 2021, the number of workers (employees or casual workers), if any, in the college in non-academic/administrative positions who are over the age of 18 and paid below £9.50 per hour.
3. As of February 26th 2021, the percentage of workers (employees or casual workers) in the college in non-academic/administrative positions who are over the age of 18 and paid below £9.50 per hour.
4. The name(s) of any external employment agencies used to provide staff in the two years prior to January 2021.
5. If the college uses any external employment agencies to provide staff, the number of contracted staff who worked 2 or more hours a day, in any day of the week, for 12 or more consecutive weeks, in the year prior to February 1st 2020.
6. If the college uses any external employment agencies to provide staff, the number of contracted staff who worked 2 or more hours a day, in any day of the week, for 12 or more consecutive weeks, in the year prior to February 1st 2020, who were paid below £9.50 per hour.
7. The total number of staff who earned over £50,000 in the most recent financial year
8. The total number of staff who earned over £80,000 in the most recent financial year.
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In its guidance the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said that the requirement to respond 'promptly' and the requirement to respond no later than 20 working days were to be considered as separate obligations. Public bodies should be able to justify why it took them as long as 20 days to respond to requests in cases where they do not act more promptly than that "long stop" deadline. I look forward to receiving your response in the next 20 working days. If you are unable to provide a response in the next 20 working days please provide an updated timeline by the deadline 26th March 2021

Thank you very much for your assistance with this request. If you would like any clarification on the information I have asked for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Please confirm you have received this email, provide the reference number of the request, and give the date you will respond on or before.

Yours faithfully,

Chloe Newbold

Dear Homerton College, Cambridge,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Homerton College, Cambridge's handling of my FOI request 'Employment Conditions 2021'. I have received no response from the college (either an acknowledgement or answer to my questions) despite sending a request on 26th February. This is almost tripe the number of 20 allocated days in which a response should be given.

This should not be considered a second request, but a request for an internal review regarding why my request did not receive a response. If I do not receive a response or acknowledgement of my request I will be forced to send this on to the Information Commissioner.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

Chloe Newbold

HOM Foi, Homerton College, Cambridge

Dear Ms Newbold

I have carried out a review of the non-response to your FOI. This reason for the non response is simply that the FOI Officer (it is not a separate employment and is an addition to their normal work) has been extremely busy as have other staff in Finance and HR as the pandemic has added to workloads significantly. Since October the College has received 40 FOI requests nearly all of which take considerable time to respond to.

Regards

Deborah Griffin
Bursar
Homerton College, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Tel: 01223 747151

Homerton College is a Registered Charity No. 1137497

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HOM Foi, Homerton College, Cambridge

Dear Ms Newbold

Further to your recent Freedom of Information request please see below the data from Homerton College:

Within our payroll we do not differentiate in terms of age, position, academic/non academic /administrative, casual or non-casual and therefore to provide the data you request would require considerable work. The payroll includes all casuals whether they have been paid for a few hours or longer and includes our students who are paid to help with College open days and outreach for instance. They remain on the payroll even though they might not have worked for the College for some time.

It Is College policy that all permanent and temporary employees are paid the Real Living Wage adjusted and backdated to 1 January after the November announcement. The lowest hourly salary for permanent and temporary staff as of February 21st 2021 was £9.55. This applies whether they are working in academic or non-academic capacity.

Homerton College pay its casual workers the National Living Wage. Our casual workers are primarily in catering for dinners and conferencing and also a large number are students assisting with interviewing and open days. All casuals are paid a minimum of the National Minimum wage for over 21s (even if they are younger), which currently stands at £8.20 per hour. In addition, they receive an additional 12.07% for statutory holiday.

We do not as a rule use external employment agencies. We have occasionally used them in the past for kitchen porters in an emergency.

We have 8 staff paid more than £50,000 pa of which 2 are paid more than £80,000.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request an internal review of this decision, you should contact us at the address below. Homerton College would normally expect to receive your request for an internal review within 40 working days of the date of this letter and reserves the right not to review a decision where there has been undue delay in raising a complaint. If you are not content with the outcome of your review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the College. The Information Commissioner may be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF (https://ico.org.uk/)

Yours sincerely

FOI Officer
Homerton College

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