Public sector pay inequality - all non-London councils

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To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) to request information pertaining to public sector pay inequality. The following are a list of questions that I would like a response on;

• How many persons does your council employ?
• How many council employees are employed as apprentices, and how much is their pay per hour?
• How many council employees are employed on a salary equal or less than a full-time equivalent of £14,942.20 per year?
• How many council employees are employed on a salary equal to or less than a full-time equivalent of £16,380 (in London £19,201) per year?
• How many council employees are employed on a salary equal to or less than a full-time equivalent of £29,588 per year?
• How many council employees are employed on a salary equal to or greater than a full-time equivalent of £46,351 per year?
• What are the non-pecuniary benefits or expenses available to stage employed in roles with full-time equivalent salaries equal to or greater than £46,351 per year?

If you can identify any ways that my request could be refined, I would be grateful for any further advice and assistance.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me via email and I will be pleased to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

Emily Thomas

Freedom of Information, Bedford Borough Council

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Dear Emily,

 

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No.14736

 

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Please find the information you requested below:

 

1.     The Council’s employee number is 2173. This counts individuals who
are multiple post holders for each post held & excludes casual workers and
interims.

 

2.     The Council has 48 employees undertaking apprenticeships. Existing
employees undertaking an apprenticeship remain at their substantive grade.
New starters in apprenticeship posts receive the national minimum hourly
rate for their age group for Level 1 to 3 apprenticeships and those
undertaking a Level 4 apprenticeship & higher get paid at a job evaluated
grade for that post.

 

3.     10 employees are employed on a salary equal or less than a
full-time equivalent of £14,942.20 per year.

 

4.     11 employees are employed on a salary equal to or less than a
full-time equivalent of £16,380 per year.

 

5.     1471 employees are employed on a salary equal to or less than a
full-time equivalent of £29,588 per year.

 

6.     190 employees are employed on a salary equal to or greater than a
full-time equivalent of £46,351 per year.

 

7.     A Car Loan scheme is available to all staff regardless of salary,
provided they are a designated user.

 

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From: Emily Thomas [[3]mailto:[FOI #605860 email]]

Sent: 20 September 2019 14:26

To: Freedom of Information

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Public sector pay inequality -
all non-London councils

 

To Whom It May Concern,

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) to request
information pertaining to public sector pay inequality. The following are
a list of questions that I would like a response on;

 

1.       How many persons does your council employ? 

2.       How many council employees are employed as apprentices, and how
much is their pay per hour?

3.       How many council employees are employed on a salary equal or less
than a full-time equivalent of £14,942.20 per year?

4.       How many council employees are employed on a salary equal to or
less than a full-time equivalent of £16,380 (in London £19,201) per year?

5.       How many council employees are employed on a salary equal to or
less than a full-time equivalent of £29,588 per year?

6.       How many council employees are employed on a salary equal to or
greater than a full-time equivalent of £46,351 per year? 

7.       What are the non-pecuniary benefits or expenses available to
stage employed in roles with full-time equivalent salaries equal to or
greater than £46,351 per year?

 

If you can identify any ways that my request could be refined, I would be
grateful for any further advice and assistance.

 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me via email
and I will be pleased to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the
request.

 

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Emily Thomas

 

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