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Dear King’s 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,

Joseph Cook

King’s College, Cambridge

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Dear Joseph Cook,

 

This is in reply to your enquiry received by the College on 16 August and
made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). I can confirm that
the College does hold some information related to your request. The
information as held by the College is:

 

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.

£7.99

 

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.

They get the same benefits as other staff members:

    32 days annual leave (including Bank Holidays) plus long term service
leave

    Car parking (when available)

    Meals on duty  

    Uniform or tabard (in the Catering, Housekeeping, Gardening, or
Maintenance departments)

 

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.

114

 

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.

18.43

 

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

We do not hold any records about this. (The College is not seeking such
accreditation.)

 

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

We have used Select, the Cambridge University Temporary Employment
Service, Neaves and Neat, DP Connect, and Pure.

 

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.

We do not hold this information. (Agencies do not tell us what they pay
their staff.)

 

If you have further questions please ask me in the first instance. I
attach a leaflet outlining the College's FOI Act policies and procedures.
If, after following those procedures you are still not satisfied with the
way in which your request has been dealt with you may apply directly to
the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Commissioner
will not entertain your complaint unless you have exhausted any relevant
internal review procedures.

 

Yours sincerely

Peter Jones

 

Peter Jones

Freedom of Information Officer

King’s College, Cambridge

Cambridge CB2 1ST

 

Email: [1][King’s College, Cambridge request email]

 

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Dear King’s College, Cambridge,

I am writing to you to clarify some of the answers to the questions that I sent you in an FOI on 15 August 2018.

Please could you confirm that the figure you 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.

I would really appreciate a prompt reply if at all possible.

Many thanks,

Joseph Cook

King’s College, Cambridge

Dear Joseph Cook

 

Further to your request for clarification:

Our answer was the actual amount paid

 

Yours sincerely

Peter Jones

 

Peter Jones

Freedom of Information Officer

King’s College, Cambridge

Cambridge CB2 1ST

 

Email: [1][King’s College, Cambridge request email]

 

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