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Canterbury Cathedral response to Mail On Sunday zero-hour contracts article

Canterbury Cathedral response to Mail On Sunday zero-hour contracts article

On Sunday 3 April 2022, The Mail On Sunday published an article regarding a small number of zero-hour contract roles offered at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge.

The original article did not include the Cathedral’s statement regarding these contracts, or details of our staff pay rise which came into effect on 1 April 2022.

Whilst a few roles at the Cathedral are offered as zero-hour contracts, these are either where individual staff have requested to be on zero-hour contracts because of the flexibility these give, or where we are unable to guarantee set hours due to the nature of the work. In these instances, these employment opportunities would likely not exist without the flexibility of zero-hour contracts.

As at 1 April 2022, Canterbury Cathedral’s minimum rate of pay is £9.90 per hour (except for first-year apprentices), matching the Real Living Wage, and exceeding the government’s National Living Wage. This is part of an organisation-wide pay rise for our staff, tapered so that the increases focus on those on the lower salaries at the Cathedral who are impacted most by the current rise in cost of living.

 

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