Pay Ratio 2013

Rustam Majainah made this Freedom of Information request to University of Reading

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Rustam Majainah

Dear University of Reading,

Please could you send the following information as outlined in the Freedom of Information Act for the year ending 31 July 2013, or for the financial year in which 31 July 2013 falls. If information for that period is not yet available, please use the most recent information you have. Please specify what period this information refers to at the beginning of your answer.

1. i) The number of individuals employed by the university who receive total remuneration* of £140,000 pa or more.

ii) The number of these individuals who are women.

2. The total remuneration* of the highest paid employee.

3. i) The number of individuals directly employed by the university who are paid less than the Living Wage of £7.65 per hour [or £8.80 per hour within Greater London].

ii) The number of these individuals (paid less than Living Wage) who are women.

iii) If available, the number of individuals employed by outside contractors to provide services at your university who are paid less than the Living Wage of £7.65 per hour [or £8.80 per hour within Greater London].

iv) Whether your university has a policy to require on-site staff working for external contractors to be paid Living Wage rates as a minimum.

4. i) The number of employees paid at exactly the National Minimum Wage, including those employed by outside contractors to work at your university.

ii) The number of these individuals (paid at exactly National Minimum Wage) who are women.

5. i) The number of apprentices employed by your university.

ii) The lowest remuneration* received by apprentices employed by your university.

6. The ratio between the total remuneration* of the highest-paid employee and the total remuneration* of the lowest-paid employee.

7. The ratio between the total remuneration* of the highest-paid employee and the total remuneration* of the median-paid employee.

*[adapted from the government's definition of remuneration (for local authority chief officers) under section 43 of the Localism Act 2011] Remuneration meaning:
(a)salary or, in the case of an individual engaged under a contract for services, payments made by the university to the individual those services,
(b)any bonuses payable by the university to the individual,
(c)any charges, fees or allowances payable by the authority to the individual,
(d)any benefits in kind to which the individual is entitled as a result of their office or employment,
(e)any increase in or enhancement of the individual's pension entitlement where the increase or enhancement is as a result of a resolution of the university, and
(f)any amounts payable by the university to the individual on the individual ceasing to hold office under or be employed by the university, other than amounts that may be payable by virtue of any enactment.
(g) calculated as full-time equivalent

Yours faithfully,

Rustam Majainah

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Rustam Majainah,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information below and to let you know it is being processed.

We'll get back to you as soon as we can, but in any case within 20 working days from 22/06/14.

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Yours sincerely,

Kim Stock

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
t: +44 (0)118 378 8981 f: +44 (0)118 931 4404 www.reading.ac.uk/foia

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IMPS, University of Reading

 

 

Dear Rustam Majainah,

 

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request. Please excuse the delayed response.

 

We can confirm that we do hold some information of the description
specified in your request. Where this information is held, it is given
below directly beneath each limb of your request in blue.

 

1. i) The number of individuals employed by the university who receive
total remuneration* of £140,000 pa or more.

33. Please find further information here in the University's Financial
Statements:
[1]http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/finan...

 

ii) The number of these individuals who are women.

7.

 

2. The total remuneration* of the highest paid employee.

£232,452.

 

3. i) The number of individuals directly employed by the university who
are paid less than the Living Wage of £7.65 per hour [or £8.80 per hour
within Greater London].

212 (excluding casuals). Please note that the University has announced a
pay award of a 2% uplift on all pay points, with an extra adjustment of
£60 on spinal point 1 at the bottom of the pay scale; this will be payable
from 1 August 2014 and will take many of these employees above the Living
Wage.

 

ii) The number of these individuals (paid less than Living Wage) who are
women.

143 (excluding casuals). Please note that the University has announced a
pay award of a 2% uplift on all pay points, with an extra adjustment of
£60 on spinal point 1 at the bottom of the pay scale; this will be payable
from 1 August 2014 and will take many of these employees above the Living
Wage.

 

iii) If available, the number of individuals employed by outside
contractors to provide services at your university who are paid less than
the Living Wage of £7.65 per hour [or £8.80 per hour within Greater
London].

This information is not held.

 

iv) Whether your university has a policy to require on-site staff working
for external contractors to be paid Living Wage rates as a minimum.

There is no such policy.

 

4. i) The number of employees paid at exactly the National Minimum Wage,
including those employed by outside contractors to work at your
university.

12. Please note that the University has announced a pay award of a 2%
uplift on all pay points, with an extra adjustment of £60 on spinal point
1 at the bottom of the pay scale; this will be payable from 1 August 2014
and will take these employees well above the National Minimum Wage.

 

ii) The number of these individuals (paid at exactly National Minimum
Wage) who are women.

8. Please note that the University has announced a pay award of a 2%
uplift on all pay points, with an extra adjustment of £60 on spinal point
1 at the bottom of the pay scale; this will be payable from 1 August 2014
and will take these employees well above the National Minimum Wage.

 

5. i) The number of apprentices employed by your university.

Having searched our HR system using ‘apprentice’ as a search term, we have
a record of two apprentices employed by the University.

 

ii) The lowest remuneration* received by apprentices employed by your
university.

£10,788.

 

6. The ratio between the total remuneration* of the highest-paid employee
and the total remuneration* of the lowest-paid employee.

1:25.

 

7. The ratio between the total remuneration* of the highest-paid employee
and the total remuneration* of the median-paid employee.

1:8.

 

We are required to include details of our complaints procedures, including
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Yours sincerely

 

 

Lee Shailer

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer

 

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading,
Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH

[4][University of Reading request email]    t: +44 (0)118 378 8981    f: +44 (0)118 931
4404    [5]www.reading.ac.uk/foia

 

 

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IMPS, University of Reading

 

Dear Rustam Majainah,

Further to your FOI request that we sent to you on 22/07/14 we are sorry
to inform you that we used the wrong time period for some of our
calculations and consequently the responses we sent are incorrect. We used
a snapshot of the situation at the date of the request (July 2014) rather
than using the time period you specified. This affects the responses we
gave for questions 3i, 3ii, 4i and 4ii and possibly questions 5 and 6.

 

However, on further consideration of your request and using the period you
specified, namely the year ending 31 July 2013 (or for the financial year
in which 31 July 2013 falls), we are unable to carry out the calculation
for Question 3 without some clarification from you.

 

Your request asked for:

 

3. i) The number of individuals directly employed by the university who
are paid less than the Living Wage of £7.65 per hour [or £8.80 per hour
within Greater London].

 

Please note the Living Wage during the period 01/08/2012 to 31/07/2013 was
not £7.65 per hour. It only changed to £7.65 on 04/11/2013. Consequently,
we can EITHER calculate how many people were being paid less than the
Living Wage at the time OR we can calculate how many people were being
paid at less than £7.65 per hour. (However we note that since £7.65 was
not the Living Wage at the time, we are unsure what significance these
data would have. The same reasoning applies to the data for Question 3ii.)

 

Please advise us which calculation you wish us to use and, if it is the
first option, please let us know what value you wish us to use as the
Living Wage.

 

Please note that, having looked at some of the responses to this FOI
request that you have received from other universities, we are concerned
that a number of different methods and time periods have been used to
provide you with data for this particular question, which will make
comparisons extremely difficult.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Lee Shailer

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer

 

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading,
Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH

[1][University of Reading request email]    t: +44 (0)118 378 8981    f: +44 (0)118 931
4404    [2]www.reading.ac.uk/foia

 

 

 

 

 

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