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University of Kentucky to raise starting wages by $2

December 20, 2019 GMT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky has announced a $2 increase in the starting wages for regular employees.

University President Eli Capilouto says the increase from $10.40 to $12.50 an hour is “the right thing to do.” The increase would begin on July 1.

It’s one of several improvements in benefits for employees announced by Capilouto on Thursday, including more time off for parental leave for childbirth, adoption or foster care and allowing all new employees to participate in the university’s matching retirement savings plan.

The starting wage increase will impact about 1,700 employees. Other employees making above the new starting wage will also see pay increases.

A team of administrators analyzed starting wages at other universities in the region and in the Southeastern Conference and made recommendations.