Employment Conditions 2021

Chloe SU made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

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Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Gonville and Caius 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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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

CAIUS Senior Bursar, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Dear Ms Su

 

I write to acknowledge receipt of your freedom of information requested
dated 26 February 2021.  The answers to your questions are as follows:

 

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.  *£8.76*

 

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. *42*

 

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. *42/168=25%*

 

4. The name(s) of any external employment agencies used to provide staff
in the two years prior to January 2021.  *Select Recruitment, Interaction
Recruitment, Blue Arrow*

 

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.   *0-5*

 

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.  *No information*

 

7. The total number of staff who earned over £50,000 in the most recent
financial year.  *The information is exempt under section 40(2) FOIA.*

 

8. The total number of staff who earned over £80,000 in the most recent
financial year. *The information is exempt under section 40(2) FOIA.*

 

Outside the terms of your questions it may be useful to you to know that
the college takes account of the Living Wage Foundation’s recommendations
when setting its annual rates of pay at 1^st August. At 1^st August 2020
the college’s permanently contracted staff were paid at a rate higher than
that recommendation and, in addition, provided with employment benefits
including membership of a high quality defined benefit pension scheme
involving substantial employer contributions. In relation to items 7 and 8
we draw your attention to statutory disclosures in the college’s published
annual financial statements of the highest band of remuneration and
aggregates of the remuneration of key management personnel.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of this decision,
you should write to the Senior Bursar, Gonville & Caius College, Trinity
Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TA who will then assign an appropriate person to
conduct the internal review. If subsequently you are not content with the
outcome of your complaint, 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 can be contacted at:
The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Robert Gardiner

 

RG Gardiner MA FCA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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