Living Wage Deal for Southampton Solent Contractor employees

Southampton Solent University is firmly committed to social justice and to economic prosperity and in recognition of this, we are working with our main contractors to implement the payment of the living wage rate for their staff working in Solent University premises.

All the University’s directly employed staff are already paid above the living wage rate, with some higher than national pay rates in place for apprenticeships and other trainee roles.

With increased funding from the University, the three main contract service partners will make the uplift in wages to their staff working across the Solent campuses. The living wage rate is being introduced in two stages, the first increase on 1 August 2015 and with full alignment in September 2016. The University will be working with the three companies concerned and anticipates that about 200 staff across all three companies will benefit as a direct result of the University’s decision.

Making the announcement today, Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor said: “We have a firm strategic priority and commitment to delivering an excellent people experience for those who work and study at Southampton Solent University. We value our contracted staff who make an enormous contribution to the University through a variety of roles. I am pleased that we are taking this step to finance a phased increase in wages through our main contractors so that their staff will receive a living wage rate in the future.”

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE MEDIA OFFICE ON 023 8031 9040 or press.office@solent.ac.uk

About Southampton Solent University 

Southampton Solent University offers more than 19,000 students over 200 qualifications ranging from HND to PhD, in subjects such as maritime education and training, fashion and design, media and television, music, health, sport and leisure, business, IT and technology. The University was awarded the 2013 Quality Assurance kitemark for quality and standards of teaching and learning. Solent was voted one of the most creative universities in the UK in a Which? University 2014 poll of students. Solent Business School has been awarded the Small Business Charter Award, which is supported by the Association of Business Schools and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and ‘gold approval’ by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

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Home to around 11,000 students studying everything from HNDs to PhDs, Southampton Solent University is dedicated to enabling learners of all backgrounds to become enterprising citizens and responsible leaders, while also promoting economic and social prosperity. Winner of the Times Higher Education ‘Most Improved Student Experience’ Award 2015, Solent is a dynamic university with strong local links and a growing network of global connections – and a reputation for developing grounded, well-prepared graduates with the skills and experience employers want. Holder of the small business charter, home to one of the world’s leading maritime training academies and voted one of the UK’s most creative universities in the 2013 and 2014 Which? University student polls, Solent applies passion and innovative practice to all its courses. Spanning business and law, the creative industries, engineering and technology, maritime, media, sport and tourism, those courses deliver a practical blend of career-focused tuition and real-world experience – giving our students the tools they need to shape their own success.

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We have a firm strategic priority and commitment to delivering an excellent people experience for those who work and study at Southampton Solent University. We value our contracted staff who make an enormous contribution to the University through a variety of roles. I am pleased that we are taking this step to finance a phased increase in wages through our main contractors so that their staff will receive a living wage rate in the future
Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor