Pay Ratio 2013

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

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The request was refused by University of Sheffield.

Rustam Majainah

Dear University of Sheffield,

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

Ben Dobson, University of Sheffield

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Dear Rustam Majainah
Please find attached the response to your FOI request of 22 June 2014.
Regards
Ben
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Ben Dobson
HR Adviser – Reward & Recognition
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The University of Sheffield

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Rustam Majainah

Dear University of Sheffield,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Sheffield's handling of my FOI request 'Pay Ratio 2013'.

In your response, you say the university does not hold information for the low and median paid members of staff, however the university has previously responded to a similar request (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...). Additionally, a number of other universities have this information (see https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/list/succ...). Please could you supply the information.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

Rustam Majainah

Anne E Cutler, University of Sheffield

Dear Mr Majainah

I write in response to your request for an internal review of the
University of Sheffield’s reply to your Freedom of Information request
made on 22 June 2014.

I understand that you wish the University to reconsider its response to
questions 6 and 7 of your original request: please advise me by return if
I have misunderstood your request for a review.

(q6: The ratio between the total renumeration of the highest-paid employee
and the total renumeration of the lowest-paid employee.

q7: The ratio between the total renumeration of the highest –paid employee
and the total renumeration of the median-paid employee.)

Your objection to the University’s response is based on the provision of
this information to you in response to a request made in December 2012,
and because other Universities have provided this information.

I have made enquiries with the relevant University department and they
have confirmed that the University does not currently hold the information
requested and nor did it at the time of the request made in June 2014. 
The fact that this information was previously provided is irrelevant to
the latest request, as is the fact that other universities have provided
it.  The University creates and holds only such information as is of use
to it when carrying out its functions and purposes.   The Freedom of
Information Act applies to information held by Public Authorities.  It has
been established that for purposes of identifying whether information
falls within the remit of the Act, the normal accepted meaning of the word
‘held’ should be used.  There is no requirement to create data
specifically to respond to a request made under the Act.  In order to
provide the information listed in questions 6 and 7 of your request new
information would have to be created.  The information provided to you in
response to your request in December 2012 was not held at that time by the
University and was in fact specially created in order to answer your
request.  Resources are not available currently in order to do the same
for your latest request.

I conclude that the Act has been correctly applied and that the
University’s response of 21 July was correct and appropriate.

Yours sincerely

Anne Cutler

Department of Corporate Information and Computing Services

Sheffield University

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