Having become a Living Wage employer in 2014 and being one of a pioneering group of HEIs paying the real Living Wage, we are pleased to announce that we will be increasing our minimum hourly rate of pay in line with the Living Wage Foundation’s newly recommended rate of £8.45 per hour.

Although, as an accredited employer, we have six months to implement the new rate in recognition of the contribution staff in roles at grade one make to the University the Executive Board has agreed to implement the uplift during Living Wage Week – effective 1st November 2016 – and this will be reflected in the November payroll for those eligible.

The University is committed to offer pay and conditions of employment and a working environment which enable the University to be recognised as a great place to work. We are very aware of how recent economic conditions may have affected people’s standard of living and hope this will go some way towards helping our lowest paid members of staff.

As this adjustment of pay is made well ahead of the nationally negotiated 1 August 2017 pay uplift it is presented as an uplift that will be reviewable locally in the light of any 2017-18 pay negotiations outcome.


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