Employment Practices 2019

Ben Margolis made this Freedom of Information request to Peterhouse, Cambridge

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Dear Peterhouse, 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

Dear Peterhouse, Cambridge,

The legal deadline for a response to this request was 16th August, which has no passed considerably. Would you please provide response as soon as possible, or if applicable give justification for the delay.

Yours faithfully,

Ben Margolis

dpl, Peterhouse, Cambridge

Dear Mr Margolis,

Thank you very much for your email which was forwarded to me earlier today. I am afraid that, to the best of my knowledge, we never received the FOI request to which you refer. However, if you would like to send it to us now we will endeavour to respond promptly.

With all good wishes,

Saskia MurkJansen

Dr Saskia Murk Jansen
Fellow and Senior Information Risk Officer
Peterhouse
Cambridge CB2 1RD

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Dear Dr Jansen,

Apologies for any confusion, but I have a receipt for the request sent in July so it must have been lost somewhere down the line! The request is attached as follows:

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.

Many thanks,

Ben Margolis

dpl, Peterhouse, Cambridge

Dear Mr Margolis,

Thank you very much for your email. It is very worrying that your original request went astray - could you please forward to me the receipt we sent you in July?

Meanwhile we will get going on your request.

With thanks and all good wishes,

Saskia MurkJansen

Dr Saskia Murk Jansen
Fellow and Senior Information Risk Officer
Peterhouse
Cambridge CB2 1RD

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Liz Wake, Peterhouse, Cambridge

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Dear Mr Margolis

 

In reply to your re-sent FOI request received on 13 September,  please
find our answers in blue below.  

 

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.   Holiday pay of £12.07% of the
hourly rate.

 

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.   As at your qualifying date the number was 41, but our
annual salary increases are effected from 1 August, so the actual number
is smaller at today’s date.

 

> 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.   34%  (but see 3 above)

 

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.  Workers paid below £9 per hour
receive the following benefits Pension Scheme, meals, paid holidays,
uniforms, car parking, a Christmas bonus, social events.

 

> 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.  The pension scheme is only accessible after a 3 month
satisfactory probation period.  Free meals depend on the time of the
worker’s shift. 

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

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> 8. The name(s) of any external employment agencies used to provide staff
in the year prior to July 16th 2019.   Our catering manager has not used
an agency for the past year.  Our Accommodation Office has used agencies
only for temporary cover for illness but not as contracted staff.

>

> 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.     See 8 above.

>

 

Yours sincerely

 

Liz

 

 

Liz Wake

College Secretary

RFC Administrator

Peterhouse

Trumpington Street

Cambridge CB2 1RD

 

Tel: 01223 338202

Fax: 01223 337578

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