Data on wages and employment practices

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Dear Queens’ 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

Jonathan Spence, Queens' College, Cambridge

Dear Mr Cook

Further to your request under the Freedom of Information Act the answers
to your questions are detailed below.

1. £9.08

2. None

3. NIL

4. NIL

5. Accredited since August 2014.  Paid Living Wage since December 2013.

6. University Temping Agency (TES)

7. None.

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Yours sincerely

Jonathan Spence
Senior Bursar

On 16/08/2018 15:51, Joseph Cook wrote:

Dear Queens’ 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

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Dear Jonathan Spence,

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

Jonathan Spence,

Dear Mr Cook,
Thank you.
We are an accredited Living Wage Employer so the answer you have received is correct and does not need adjusting. Holiday pay is additional to the amount given.
Hope that helps.
Best wishes
Jonathan Spence

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