University to pay voluntary Living Wage

I’m pleased to be able to share with you today that the University will pay the voluntary Living Wage from 1 May 2018.

We are applying for formal accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation to re-inforce our commitment to ensure salaries keep pace with the cost of living. The Living Wage Foundation announces their Living Wage rates in the first week of November each year and once accredited, the University will be committed to implementing that rate in common with other voluntary Living Wage employers.

All our staff, across Faculty and Professional Services, are essential for the success of our University and the experience of our students. A number of our stakeholder groups have made representations on this issue, and we have listened carefully and responded to those views.

In addition, the University is planning to offer the option for staff who currently get a weekend working supplement to move to a simpler pay structure that will benefit the vast majority of affected workers. No mandatory changes will be made to these terms and conditions, it will be a voluntary offer for those who wish to take it up. Further information on this will be available in the next two to three weeks.

The move to pay at least the voluntary Living Wage of £8.75 an hour to all staff will positively affect more than 300 employees. I believe this will benefit not only our lowest paid staff but also our community as a whole.

Richard Brooks, Director of HR

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