Employment practices, including employees earning less than £7.65/hour

P Brady made this Freedom of Information request to Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for information relating to college employment practices. I would like to know the following, as of November 2013:

1. The number of staff currently employed by the college, whether full time or part time, being paid under £7.65 an hour (excluding benefits).
2. The number of staff employed by the college who are working on zero-hours contracts (i.e. staff who are ‘on call’ but have no contractually set hours of work).
3. The number of staff employed, if any, who have opted out of the Working Time Regulations and work, or have worked, for more than 48 hours per week for the college.
4. Whether the college sub-contracts any external employment agencies to provide staff, and if so the names of these agencies and (if you hold the information) the number of outsourced staff who are paid below £7.65 per hour.

Thank you very much for your assistance with this request. If you would like any clarification of the information I have asked for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to receiving your response.

Yours faithfully,

P Brady


On behalf of the Cambridge University Living Wage Campaign

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

To P Brady
By email: [FOI #185989 email]

Dear Mr Brady

Our ref: F2013_031

With regard to your recent Freedom of Information request, set out below:

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for information relating to college employment practices. I would like to know the following, as of November 2013:

1. The number of staff currently employed by the college, whether full time or part time, being paid under £7.65 an hour (excluding benefits).
2. The number of staff employed by the college who are working on zero-hours contracts (i.e. staff who are ‘on call’ but have no contractually set hours of work).
3. The number of staff employed, if any, who have opted out of the Working Time Regulations and work, or have worked, for more than 48 hours per week for the college.
4. Whether the college sub-contracts any external employment agencies to provide staff, and if so the names of these agencies and (if you hold the information) the number of outsourced staff who are paid below £7.65 per hour.

I am responding to your questions on behalf of Lucy Cavendish College (using your numbering system), as follows:

1. There are no full time or part time staff paid under £7.65 per hour. There are 41 workers on casual contracts with no fixed hours who are paid under £7.65 per hour (of whom 3 are aged 16, 1 is 17, 1 is 18, 1 is 19 and 1 is 20).
2. There are 55 people employed on a zero hour/casual basis, the majority of these people are students employed on a casual basis in the bar or as serving staff for events in College.
3. None.
4. The College uses the following agencies on an ad-hoc basis: Workshop Partnership and Interaction Recruitment. Workers from these agencies are paid below £7.65 and the number of workers varies.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint, you should write to me, at the address below.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO 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,
Alison Vinnicombe

Ms Alison A Vinnicombe | Registrar & Fellow
Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge, CB3 0BU
T. 01223 339240 F. 01223 332178 E. [Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge request email] W. www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk
Lucy Cavendish College Registered Charity No: 1137875

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