Paying a Living Wage and changes to full-time equivalent hours

We are pleased to announce that from 1 August 2016 the University of Leicester will pay a Living Wage of at least £7.85 to all staff on the Single Pay Spine.

The University and its recognised Trade Unions have been working positively together over a number of months to bring about this change which has been accepted by a Trade Union ballot of University staff. Affected staff received information about the proposal in May 2016, this announcement follows from the previous communications.

This change will affect all staff on Single Pay Spine Grades 1 and 2. In order to pay a living wage of £7.85 per hour and provide equitable working hours, all staff on grades 1 and 2 will move from a 37-hour full-time working week to a 35-hour full-time working week, with no change to their full-time salary.

This means that:

  • Staff on spine point 1, grade 1 of the Single Pay Spine will receive at least £7.85 per hour, staff higher on the pay scale will receive more
  • Part-time staff will work the same hours and get more pay
  • Full-time staff will work fewer hours but receive the same pay
  • Full-time staff with daily/weekly contracted overtime will work fewer hours, receive the same standard salary and will be compensated for lost income for nine months

This proposal will affect around 465 people working at the University with the vast majority seeing direct benefits from the changes. You can read the full plan here (log-in only).

Directly affected staff will receive a letter to their home address by mid-July.

If you have any questions, please look at our Q&A page (log-in only). If yours is not answered there please contact Kate Kells on with ‘Living Wage’ in the subject line or call 0116 229 7771.

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