University increases minimum wage
By Dan Heuchert
The wage that U.Va’s
lowest-paid employees earn will go up in January.
In a memo to University managers, Chief Human
Resource Officer Thomas E. Gausvik announced that the minimum
hiring rate for classified salaried and wage employees will rise
18 cents to $8.37 per hour ($17,410 per year).
The change — the first in three years — will become
effective in the Academic Division beginning Jan. 7. The Medical
Center will match the increase as well, effective Jan. 18,
Gausvik said. Between 100 and 200 employees will be affected.
“The change in our minimum hiring rate will keep our starting
salaries and wages competitive with the local labor market,”
Gausvik said. Human Resources monitors salaries in the Charlottesville
Metropolitan Service Area, as well as those paid by the Charlottesville
and Albemarle County governments.
The increase in the University’s minimum wage will come
just over a month after most employees receive a state-mandated
2.25 percent pay increase. The performance-based increase —
for all non-probationary full-time and part-time classified salaried
employees rated “contributor” or “extraordinary
contributor” in their October performance evaluations —
takes effect Nov. 25.
The 2.25 percent increases are not automatic for classified wage
employees, but may be partially or fully implemented at the discretion
of each department or school, Gausvik said. The salary ranges
of each pay band in the classified system also will be adjusted
by 2.25 percent.