Employment Conditions 2021

Chloe SU made this Freedom of Information request to King's College, Cambridge

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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 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

King's College, Cambridge

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Dear Chloe Newbold,

This is in reply to your enquiry received by the College on 04/03/2021 and
made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). I can confirm that
the College does hold some information related to your request. In light
of the small numbers involved, and the risk of disclosure of personal data
(either now or in response to enquiries in the future) that would be
unlawful under data protection legislation  we are following advice given
by the Information Commissioner's Office in these cases (ICO ref
FS50682996), where they suggest that 'at most 5' can be used to indicate
that the response lies between 0 and 5 inclusive, without risk of
violations under data protection legislation. The information as held by
the College is indicated below:

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.
-£9.09 per hour

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. 
-10

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.
-3.4%

4. The name(s) of any external employment agencies used to provide staff
in the two years prior to January 2021.
-Select

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.
-None

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.
- None

7. The total number of staff who earned over £50,000 in the most recent
financial year
- 0

8. The total number of staff who earned over £80,000 in the most recent
financial year.
- 0-5

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
Freedom of Information Officer, King's College, Cambridge
[King's College, Cambridge request email]

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