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- Employment contract versus worker contract: At the University of Cambridge staff hired via the Temporary Employment Service are on a worker contract, while staff hired with fixed-term and open-ended contracts are on an employment contract.
- Redundancy processes in open-ended and fixed-term contracts: If a short-term contract ends after two years of continuous service, the employee will be entitled to the same redundancy rights as employees on open-ended contracts (more detail about fixed-term contracts on acas).
- HE Single Pay Spine: The HE pay spine is a scale showing the rates of pay for employees working at each level in Higher Education. It also shows the increases in pay an employee gets when they spend a certain length of time at a particular level. As an example, here is the annual salary at the University of Cambridge set on 1st August 2017 for each level on the scale. If an employee is not graded on this scale, it means they don’t have the opportunity to progress through the scale.
- Fractional contracts versus hourly-paid arrangements: Hourly-paid staff are paid with a rate associated with the task they are undertaking. These arrangements are associated with unpredictable hours, precarious employment, uncertain income, low pay and heavy workloads and also lack of career progression. Fractional contracts are part-time open-ended contracts that are used when an employee is contracted for anything less than the basic full-time hours.
- Living Wage : The Real Living Wage is calculated by the Living Wage Foundation according to what employees and their families need to live. It is higher than the government’s National Living Wage, which replaced the National Minimum Wage for employees over 25 in April 2016. The Real Living Wage is £9 an hour outside London, and £10.55 in London. The Cambridge Living Wage was set by Cambridge city council at £10 an hour to account for the higher cost of living in Cambridge.
- Tier 2 Visa costs and associated immigration health surcharges for non-EU staff: In 2018 Tier 2 Visa costs ranged from £610 to £1314 depending on the situation (all details can be found here). Applicants also have to apply for a healthcare surcharge of £200 per year (all details can be found here).