University to pay all employees minimum of £10 an hour

The University of Sheffield will pay all of its employees a minimum of £10 per hour from 1 November 2021.

This follows constructive talks and negotiations between the University and Unite the Union, which had highlighted the challenges faced by its lowest-paid staff.

This will impact on approximately 400 employees across the University who were previously paid a minimum of £9.50 per hour, in line with the rate recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.

Ian Wright, Director of HR for the University of Sheffield, said: “We would like to thank our colleagues in Unite for highlighting the challenges faced by our lowest-paid staff and for working with us constructively to find an immediate solution to this pressing issue, as well as their commitment to work with us and other campus trade unions to develop a long-term solution.”

Chris Rawlinson, Unite branch secretary, said: “The University’s commitment to ensure it pays its staff a minimum of £10 per hour is an excellent outcome for our members. We are pleased that we have been able to work with the University to achieve this.”

The University has also committed to working with all of its campus trade unions to address issues of low pay in the long-term. This will include reviewing its pay grades, looking at how it maintains the minimum hourly rate of £10 and ensuring that there are opportunities for progression for colleagues on the lowest grade points.

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