City univer­sity is­sued 91 pay-offs in five years

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

FIG­URES re­leased by Cardiff Univer­sity show that more than 90 em­ploy­ees re­ceived sev­er­ance pay to­talling more than £3.1m over a five-year pe­riod.

In a dis­clo­sure to the Univer­sity and Col­lege Union (UCU), the univer­sity said that 91 set­tle­ment agree­ments had been com­pleted in the five years to Septem­ber 2016 at a to­tal cost of £3,117,517.38.

Of those leav­ing, 52 were fe­male and 39 male. A break­down by depart­ment showed that 55 of the leavers were from the Col­lege of Biomed­i­cal and Life Sci­ences, 24 from Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices, 7 from the Col­lege of Arts, Hu­man­i­ties and So­cial Sci­ences, and five from the Col­lege of Phys­i­cal Sci­ences and En­gi­neer­ing.

No ref­er­ence to job losses in the Col­lege of Biomed­i­cal and Life Sci­ences could be found on the univer­sity’s web­site.

A Cardiff Univer­sity spokesman said: “The num­ber of [set­tle­ment agree­ments] cases and the amount spent by the univer­sity over the last five years should be seen in con­text. The univer­sity em­ploys some 7,000 staff and spends about £277m ev­ery year on staff salaries. In this con­text, the num­ber of set­tle­ment agree­ments and to­tal amount spent is rel­a­tively small equat­ing to around 0.3% of the an­nual staff costs.”

In Septem­ber Cardiff Univer­sity con­firmed that it was of­fer­ing aca­demic staff vol­un­tary sev­er­ance in a move it says will en­able it to fo­cus on “strate­gic pri­or­i­ties”.

Con­firm­ing it is of­fer­ing all aca­demic staff, among its to­tal 7,000 work­force, the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for vol­un­tary sev­er­ance, the univer­sity said: “Cardiff Univer­sity is of­fer­ing el­i­gi­ble aca­demic staff an op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for sev­er­ance un­der a vol­un­tary scheme. The scheme won’t nec­es­sar­ily mean a re­duc­tion in head count, its aim is to en­able the univer­sity to in­vest in staffing and in­fra­struc­ture.” The scheme is open un­til De­cem­ber 13.

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