University supports partners in paying the Living Wage

The Boards of the University of Sheffield Students’ Union and Unicus are delighted to announce that they will be increasing the base pay for all contracted staff to £7.85 per hour with retrospective effect from 1 August 2015.

This represents an increase of more than 20% for around 75 of our staff.

Both the Students’ Union and Unicus strive to be employers of choice amongst our local communities, and this investment is part of our ongoing commitment to our most valuable asset, our staff; recognising their talents, the great customer service culture they display, and the positive way they contribute to the success of both organisations.

This increase will mean that all services and outlets across campus and the Residences will now be paying the equivalent of the rate recommended by the Living Wage Foundation, which recognises that in-work poverty is a very real issue particularly to families.

Caryn Masters, Head of Commercial Services at Unicus said: “We are pleased to be able to reward our staff for their contribution to the commercial success of Unicus, and to be working alongside colleagues in the Students’ Union, with the support of the University, to achieve this joint increase. Our staff are what makes Unicus stand out from its competitors and it’s only right that we invest in them in the interests of the future success of the company.”

The Students’ Union President, Christy McMorrow said: “We are incredibly proud that both the Students’ Union and Unicus are taking the steps to greater support their staff by paying a living wage. We must acknowledge the significant effort that both staff and students who are passionate about this issue have put in to make it happen.”

In addition, the Students’ Union is pleased to adopt a position where it pays its casual staff the over 21 minimum wage, irrespective of their age.