Oxford University staff to get pandemic ‘thank you’ bonus

All of the University of Oxford’s full-time staff will be given a one-off £1,000 (US$1,240) bonus to recognise their “commitment and dedication” through the pandemic, reports BBC News.

Staff were told about the “thank you” payment by Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson on Tuesday 7 June. Richardson said she and the governing university council hope staff will see it as “evidence of the value” they place in all colleagues. The university currently employs about 13,000 staff. In an email from Richardson, she said the university’s “continued success depends” on staff and that they have seen it “through the pandemic”.

The Oxford University and College Union said while it welcomed the announcement, it was an “implicit admission” that many of its members at the “world-leading university are facing financial difficulties”. It said that is because members’ pay “has not kept up with inflation” and pensions, if members have them, “have been cut”.
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