Cardiff University awards staff £500 cost-of-living payment

Cardiff University has given parts its workforce a one-off £500 payment to be included in the November payroll, to help cope with the cost-of-living crisis.

The executive board and council of the university, which employs 7,000 people, approved the payment earlier this week, and it was announced during a webinar.

It will be paid to all staff on grades one to eight and clinical pay scales D1 and D2 who are in employment at the university on 1 November. It will also be paid to all employees and postgraduate research students working variable hours to support teaching activities, who are in employment at the university on that date.

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Payments will be pro rata for part-time staff based on their hours against a full-time equivalent (FTE), and for variable hours employees and postgraduate research students who have been engaged to support teaching activities, the FTE calculation will be based on hours paid between 1 November 2021 and 31 October 2022. Hours worked in the reference period but paid in later payroll periods will not be included in the pro rata FTE calculations.

A Cardiff University spokesperson said: “Employees will not be eligible for this payment if they are a senior staff member or professor paid on the senior staff pay scale, a clinical consultant paid on the D6 clinical scale, a casual workers or IR35 contractor, an individual engaged via an agency or consultancy arrangement, or a staff member or postgraduate research student engaged to support teaching activities who left the university on or before 31 October 2022.”