Data on wages and employment practices

Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah made this Freedom of Information request to Pembroke College, Cambridge

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Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Dear Pembroke 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 August 15th 2018, the lowest hourly wage (excluding benefits) paid by the college to employees, over the age of 18, who are not trainees or apprentices.

2. Please outline any cash benefits that were given to staff paid your lowest hourly wage, who are over the age of 18, and who are not trainees or apprentices, in the year prior to August 15th 2018 and how these are allocated.

3. As of August 15th 2018, the number of staff (if any), over the age of 18, who are employed by the college and paid below £8.75 per hour.

4. As of August 15th 2018, the percentage of staff employed by the college in non-academic/administrative positions who are over the age of 18 and paid below £8.75 per hour.

5. As of August 15th 2018, is the college currently in the process of gaining accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation?

6. The name(s) of any external employment agencies used to provide staff in the year prior to August 15th 2018.

7. 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 8 or more consecutive weeks, in the year prior to August 15th 2018, who were paid below £8.75 per hour.

If you are to invoke Section 43 to withhold information in relation to any of these questions please note you must provide details of the exact FOIA exemption, details of who would be prejudiced by this information, and a public interest test justifying a conclusion with arguments for and against the release of the information.

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. I look forward to receiving your response in the next 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Dear Pembroke College, Cambridge,

I am writing to you to remind you of your legal requirement to have replied to the FOI I sent on the 16 August 2018 that is now 6 days past the legal time limit.

When answering the FOI please ensure that your answer to Question 1 is given as an exact figure and does NOT include holiday pay and refers to the lowest hourly wage paid by the college to employees (INCLUDING casual workers), over the age of 18, who are not trainees or apprentices.

Please take this into account when answering questions 3 and 4 in reference to these employees on the lowest hourly wage, ensuring that you do not take holiday pay into account.

To be clear for example if a casual worker earns £8 per hour plus £1 per hour holiday pay, they should still be counted as a worker earning less than £8.75 per hour in questions 3 and 4.

I would much appreciate a prompt reply.

Yours faithfully,

Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Becky Coombs, Pembroke College, Cambridge

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Dear Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah,

Please find attached our response - I sincerely apologise for this being late (I had thought I'd replied).

Regards

Pembroke College
Cambridge
01223 338112

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Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Dear Becky Coombs,

Thank you for your reply. I had just one question, were the notes in my follow up regarding holiday pay taken into consideration in the reply as requested? Just wanted to make sure the new comments were acknowledged. Thank you again.

Yours sincerely,

Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Becky Coombs, Pembroke College, Cambridge

Dear Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah,

The responses were supplied by the Finance office in response to your original request.

Kind regards
Becky

Dr Becky Coombs
College Registrar & Rooms Tutor
Pembroke College
Cambridge
01223 338112

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Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Dear Becky Coombs,

Thank you, would the office be able to confirm this regarding this FOI request:

That the figure provided in answer to Question 1 does not include holiday pay and refers to the lowest hourly wage paid by the college to employees (including casual workers), over the age of 18, who are not trainees or apprentices.

If this is not the case please could you re-answer questions 3 and 4 in reference to these employees on the lowest hourly wage.

To be clear for example if a casual worker earns £8 per hour plus £1 per hour holiday pay, they should still be counted as a worker earning less than £8.75 per hour in questions 3 and 4.

Many thanks,

Yours sincerely,

Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Dear Ms Coombs,

I am writing further to my clarification request sent on the 20th September 2018 regarding casual workers, for which I have not received any reply.

I have rephrased my request into full questions taking into account casual workers in the hope that this may be easier for the college to answer. Please could you answer the following:

1. As of August 15th 2018, 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. Please outline any cash benefits that were given to workers (employees or casual workers) paid your lowest hourly wage, who are over the age of 18, and who are not trainees or apprentices, in the year prior to August 15th 2018 and how these are allocated.

3. As of August 15th 2018, the number of workers (employees or casual workers), if any, over the age of 18, who are paid by the college and paid below £8.75 per hour.

4. As of August 15th 2018, 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 £8.75 per hour.

I would really appreciate a swift reply to this clarification if possible as I am working to a very tight deadline and do not want to misrepresent the college in any way.

Many thanks,
Abdullah Shah

Becky Coombs, Pembroke College, Cambridge

Dear Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah,

Sorry but I thought I had responded to this request or is this another FOI request ....

Thank you
Becky

Dr Becky Coombs
College Registrar & Rooms Tutor
Pembroke College
Cambridge
01223 338112

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Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Dear Becky Coombs,

Thank you for the prompt reply. Yes, this is another request that requests the college to include CASUAL WORKERS in the answer to all questions. The exact questions being:

1. As of August 15th 2018, 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. Please outline any cash benefits that were given to workers (employees or casual workers) paid your lowest hourly wage, who are over the age of 18, and who are not trainees or apprentices, in the year prior to August 15th 2018 and how these are allocated.

3. As of August 15th 2018, the number of workers (employees or casual workers), if any, over the age of 18, who are paid by the college and paid below £8.75 per hour.

4. As of August 15th 2018, 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 £8.75 per hour.

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.

Yours sincerely,

Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Dear Becky Coombs,

I wanted to follow up on my last message which has not been replied to. It is long overdue and I would really appreciate a response from the college. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Becky Coombs, Pembroke College, Cambridge

Dear Syed,

Many apologies about this - I think your email must have been carefully filed whilst I was on holiday - I passed it on to the relevant departments as I do not have this information in my office

Kind regards
Becky

Dr Becky Coombs
College Registrar & Rooms Tutor
Pembroke College
Cambridge
01223 338112

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Becky Coombs, Pembroke College, Cambridge

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Dear Syed Muhammad,

I have checked and our initial response included casuals (I have re-attached it)

Kind regards
Becky

Dr Becky Coombs
College Registrar & Rooms Tutor
Pembroke College
Cambridge
01223 338112

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