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Zero hours contracts

Disclosure date: 22 July 2013

Reference: FOI2013/057

Request

We ask that you supply the following information in relation to your institution:

1.) The total number of teaching staff employed on zero hours contracts

For the purposes of this request, please include the use of all contracts for which the employer has no obligation to offer work and guarantees no minimum hours of work – you may not refer to this type of contract as a ‘zero hours contract’ locally.

2.) The number of such teaching staff who currently have no work allocated  

3.) The number of such teaching staff who were offered no work in at least one calendar month since October 2012

4.) The number of research staff employed on zero hours contracts

5.) The number of such research staff who currently have no work allocated

6.) The number of such research staff who were offered no work in at least one calendar month since October 2012

7.) The number of academic-related (AR) staff employed on zero hours contracts

By ‘academic-related’ we mean all staff in senior roles (equivalent to at least grade 6 on the national grading model) who are not directly engaged in the provision of teaching and / or research such as administrative, computing, library and other university services staff – you may not refer to such staff as academic-related locally.

8.) The number of such AR staff who currently have no work allocated

9.) The number of such AR staff who were offered no work in at least one calendar month since October 2012

10.) For the groups above, the period over which hours are offered and agreed e.g. daily, weekly, monthly, per term / semester, annually

11.) If you do not make use of zero hours contracts to deliver teaching, research or academic-related services please indicate how you manage the need for flexibility in the provision of such services.

Please also supply a copy of any relevant policy on the use of zero hours that is in use at your institution or provide a link to any such policy if it is publically available on your website.

Response

1-10.) The School does not offer ‘zero hours’ contracts; our current contract database shows that we do not have anyone employed on a ‘zero hours’ contract.

Given this we cannot therefore answer Questions 2 to 10.

11.) To help the School manage teaching areas where there is the potential for irregular hours offered, the School has agreed with the trade unions a Fractional Teaching and Scholarship Staff Policy (available to view in full on the HR webpages under “Policies and Procedures A-Z”: http://www.soas.ac.uk/hr/procedures/proceduresa-z/policies-procedures-a-z.html).

Below are the purpose and scope of the policy:

Purpose of Policy:

Fractional Teaching & Scholarship Staff (henceforth fractional teachers) provide essential teaching for SOAS and its students. Fractional teachers supplement work of full-time teaching staff and the flexible nature of their employment allows the School to meet operational requirements in a number of areas such as delivering teaching outside of core School hours, covering for staff leave to providing specialist knowledge for specific activities or periods.

As part-time staff, fractional teachers should be treated equitably to full-time staff and have employment rights under legislation designed to ensure fair treatment for part-time staff.

In recognition of the fact that fractional teachers work alongside fulltime substantive Teaching & Scholarship staff, they are employed on similar terms and conditions of employment and have similar job descriptions. However, there are some key differences in the terms and conditions for fractional staff, due to the unique nature of their role.

This Policy outlines the principles relating to the key aspects of the employment of fractional teachers including contracts of employment and the methodology for fractional calculations. The Policy references relevant School procedures which apply to aspects of the employment of fractional teachers.

Scope

B.1 This policy applies to staff employed on part-time Teaching & Scholarship fractional contracts of employment.
B.2 This policy also applies to the employment terms of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) but should be read in conjunction with the Graduate Teaching Assistant Training Scheme.
B.3 This policy only applies to Language fractional teachers in the Language Centre, Faculty of Languages & Cultures who have a fixed fraction specified in their contracts of employment. Many Language Centre teachers do not have fixed fractions and are paid according to actual hours worked, due to uncertain business demand and other factors.