Dear Darwin 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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Dear Ms Newbold
I refer to your Freedom of Information request dated 4 March and reply as
follows using your paragraph numbers.
1. £8.72. This comprises 15 staff in total, all of whom are casual kitchen
staff, and of the total 9 are under 21.
2. 15 casual staff (as above) and a further 15 permanent staff. These
permanent staff are currently paid £9.29 and £9.45 per hour, and rates for
these grades for 2021-22 of £9.63 and £9.82 respectively (plus any
inflationary increase) have already been set.
4. Select Hospitality, Blue Arrow, The Workshop Partnership, University of
Cambridge's Temporary Employment Service
7. 3 (note this includes the 1 member of staff referred to in 8. below)
8. 1 (note this member of staff is included in the answer 7. above)
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complaint unless you have exhausted any relevant internal review
John Dix, Bursar, Darwin College, Cambridge, CB3 9EU
Registered Charity Number: 1141105
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