Employment Practices 2019

Ben Margolis made this Freedom of Information request to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

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Dear Gonville and Caius 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 July 16th 2019, 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 July 16th 2019 and how these are allocated.

3. As of July 16th 2019, the number of workers (employees or casual workers), if any, over the age of 18, who are paid by the college and paid below £9 per hour.

4. As of July 16th 2019, 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 per hour.

5. As of July 16th 2019, any benefits given to workers paid below £9 per hour. This could include, but is not restricted to, things like: meals, paid holidays, healthcare and dental schemes, uniforms, car parking, bonuses, cycle purchase schemes, etc.

6. As of July 16th 2019, are there any conditions for benefits given to workers paid below £9 per hour. This could include, but is not restricted to: probation periods, minimum employment times, minimum work amounts, good behaviour.

7. As of July 16th 2019, is the college currently in the process of gaining accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation?

8. The name(s) of any external employment agencies used to provide staff in the year prior to July 16th 2019.

9. 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 July 16th 2019, who were paid below £9 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,

Ben Margolis

CAIUS Senior Bursar, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Dear Mr Margolis

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information request dated 18 July 2019. The answers to your questions are as follows, between asterisks:

1. As of July 16th 2019, 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. *£8.21*

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 July 16th 2019 and how these are allocated. *N/A*

3. As of July 16th 2019, the number of workers (employees or casual workers), if any, over the age of 18, who are paid by the college and paid below £9 per hour. *83*

4. As of July 16th 2019, 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 per hour. *39.9%*

5. As of July 16th 2019, any benefits given to workers paid below £9 per hour. This could include, but is not restricted to, things like: meals, paid holidays, healthcare and dental schemes, uniforms, car parking, bonuses, cycle purchase schemes, etc. *Meals, paid holidays, uniform, pension scheme membership where auto-enrolled*

6. As of July 16th 2019, are there any conditions for benefits given to workers paid below £9 per hour. This could include, but is not restricted to: probation periods, minimum employment times, minimum work amounts, good behaviour. *Meals are provided if working over 4 hours per day*

7. As of July 16th 2019, is the college currently in the process of gaining accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation? *No*

8. The name(s) of any external employment agencies used to provide staff in the year prior to July 16th 2019. *Interaction Recruitment/Blue Arrow*

9. 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 July 16th 2019, who were paid below £9 per hour. *no information*

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of this decision, you should write to the Senior Bursar, Gonville & Caius College, Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TA 0DF who will then assign an appropriate person to conduct the internal review. If subsequently you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the College. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Gardiner

RG Gardiner MA FCA

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