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Employment Practices 2019

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Dear St Catharine'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 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 St Catharine's College, Cambridge,

You were legally required to have responded to this request by 31st October 2019, which has passed by nearly a week. Please acknowledge receipt of this email and respond to the request as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Ben Margolis

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

Our Ref: FOI_0014

Dear Ben

Please see below answers to your FOI Request.

1. £8.21 per hour
2. None
3. 16 employees over the age of 18 at 16th July 2019 & paid below £9 per hour.
4. 7% of total employees paid below £9 per hour.
5. Paid holidays, daily meal & part of uniform.
6. No restrictions or conditions
7. No.
8. Select Hospitality, Blue Arrow, Interaction Recruitment, The Workshop Partnership & Temporary Employment Service TES).
9. Information not available. Agency invoices shows the gross payment per hour charged for the worker rather than the rate they pay the worker.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request an internal review of this decision, you should contact us quoting the reference number given above. If you choose to do so please state your reasons for dissatisfaction and any other matters to which the College should have regard.

If you are not content with the outcome of your review, 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 may be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF (https://ico.org.uk/).

Your sincerely

Nicola Robert

Nicola Robert
Bursar| St Catharine's College, Cambridge, CB2 1RL
Tel.: 01223 331572 or 07747 742737|www.caths.cam.ac.uk| [email address] |
St Catharine's College is a Registered Charity, No. 1137463

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St Catharine's College, Cambridge

Dear Ben

RE FOI_0014

I am writing to clarify that the only people paid below £9 per hour at St Catharine's College are casual workers. We do not have any employees paid less than £9 per hour because the College is a Real Living wage employer.

1. £8.21 per hour is the lowest hourly wage and this is only paid to casual workers (this is the national living wage). All College employees are paid at least the Real Living Wage.
2. None
3. 16 casual workers over the age of 18 at 16th July 2019 & paid below £9 per hour.
4. 7% of total workers paid below £9 per hour. No employees paid below £9 per hour
5. Paid holidays, daily meal & part of uniform.
6. No restrictions or conditions
7. No.
8. Select Hospitality, Blue Arrow, Interaction Recruitment, The Workshop Partnership & Temporary Employment Service TES).
9. Information not available. Agency invoices shows the gross payment per hour charged for the worker rather than the rate they pay the worker.

Kind regards
Nicola

Nicola Robert
Bursar| St Catharine's College, Cambridge, CB2 1RL
Tel.: 01223 331572 or 07747 742737|www.caths.cam.ac.uk| [email address] |
St Catharine's College is a Registered Charity, No. 1137463

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