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Dear University of Sussex,

Please could you send the following information as outlined in the
Freedom of Information Act for the year ending 31 July 2012, or for
the financial year in which 31 July 2012 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. The number of individuals employed by the university who receive
total remuneration* of £140,000 pa or more

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 £7.20 per hour [or £8.30
per hour within Greater London]

ii) 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 £7.20 per hour [or £8.30 per hour
within Greater London]

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

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

6. 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

Freedom of Information, University of Sussex

Dear Rustam Majainah,
Thank you for your below email requesting information about the University’s pay.
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days following the date of receipt, i.e. by 3 January 2013.
Yours sincerely,
Alice Robertson

Office of Governance and Secretariat,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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From: Rustam Majainah [[FOI #140938 email]]
Sent: 03 December 2012 15:08
To: Freedom of Information
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Pay Ratios

Dear University of Sussex,

Please could you send the following information as outlined in the
Freedom of Information Act for the year ending 31 July 2012, or for
the financial year in which 31 July 2012 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. The number of individuals employed by the university who receive
total remuneration* of £140,000 pa or more

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 £7.20 per hour [or £8.30
per hour within Greater London]

ii) 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 £7.20 per hour [or £8.30 per hour
within Greater London]

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

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

6. 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

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Freedom of Information, University of Sussex

Dear Rustam Majainah,

I write following your request dated 3 December 2012 (below) under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for information about the University’s pay.

Information about the pay of the Vice-Chancellor is openly published each year by the University. The University also openly publishes each year in its annual accounts the number of staff who are paid more than £140,000. The latest figures are for 2011/12 and are in our accounts published in November 2012, presented to the University’s governing bodies Senate, Council and Court, and available on our webpages. All salaries of senior staff (except the clinical academic staff in the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), which is jointly run by the universities of Sussex and Brighton) are approved by our Council, and set by the Remuneration and Review Committee, which is chaired by and includes independent members of Council. The numbers of staff on salaries over £140,000 at Sussex is not out of line with other leading research-intensive universities in the UK, as their financial accounts will show.
As with all staff at Sussex, salaries of senior staff are paid from the income earned by the University, and are accounted for within the budgets of the unit or academic school in which they are based. Looking just at the figures of numbers employed of course does not take account of the significant income that is brought in to the University by senior academic research staff that contributes to the growth and development of the University.

In response to your specific questions:

1. The number of individuals employed by the university who receive total remuneration* of £140,000 pa or more:
Twelve individuals employed by the University, including clinical academics in BSMS, receive remuneration of £140,000 pa or more.

2. The total remuneration* of the highest paid employee:
The Vice-Chancellor is the highest paid employee and his total remuneration in 2011/12 was £280,000. The Vice-Chancellor's salary is published on our website and can be found in our Annual Accounts published here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/finance/document...)

3.
i) The number of individuals directly employed by the university who are paid less than the Living Wage of £7.20 per hour [or £8.30 per hour within Greater London]:
None.

ii) 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 £7.20 per hour [or £8.30 per hour within Greater London]:
This information is not held by the University.

iii) Whether your university has a policy to require on-site staff working for external contractors to be paid Living Wage rates as a minimum:
No.

4. The number of employees paid at exactly the National Minimum Wage, including those employed by outside contractors to work at your university:
No direct employees are paid at exactly the National Minimum Wage. The information regarding outside contractors is not held by the University.

5. The ratio between the total remuneration* of the highest-paid employee and the total remuneration* of the lowest-paid employee
6. The ratio between the total remuneration* of the highest-paid employee and the total remuneration* of the median-paid employee:
The University is required to release information held but is not required to make any analysis of its information. The lowest paid University employees start at point 2 of the Grade 1 pay scale, which is currently £ 13,839 p.a. University pay scales are published on the University website here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/humanresources/p...

If you are not satisfied with the University’s response to your request, you may ask the University to review it. If you wish to do this, please write to Angela Pater, Deputy Academic Secretary at [University of Sussex request email] in the first instance. Full details of our FOI complaints procedure, including how to complain to the Information Commissioner, are at:
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Yours sincerely
Alice Robertson

Office of Governance and Secretariat,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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