Important changes to Pensions for existing/new members
‘To comply with the recent change in the Pensions Legislation, the University of Birmingham is required to provide an appropriate workplace pension scheme for all of its employees.
For all existing members, confirmation of their appropriate workplace pension scheme will be confirmed to them in writing.
For new employees to the University, as your contract’s Terms and Conditions includes contractual enrolment for pension scheme purposes, further details concerning your workplace pension scheme will be forwarded to you via a workplace assessment letter, or alternatively you can visit the appropriate pension providers website given on this intranet page, or contact the pensions office.
You do have the right to Opt-out of your workplace pension scheme if you wish to. Your assessment letter will give you details as to how you can obtain the opt-out form that will be required to be completed. If you are unable to obtain the opt-out form from the appropriate workplace pension scheme’s website, you can visit the Pensions Office in order to obtain a form.’
Important changes to pensions for Fees/Casual Workers
‘For any casual work undertaken within the University of Birmingham, you will need to be assessed for membership of a workplace pension scheme. Due to a recent change in the Pension legislation the University of Birmingham is required to provide an appropriate workplace pension scheme for all of its employees and workers, which also include workers who carry out casual or fee paying work assignments.If you meet the eligibility conditions for Auto-enrolment, an Assessment Letter will be issued to you outlining the options available to you. For casual employees who do not meet these eligibility conditions, you have the choice to join (Opt-in) the appropriate workplace pension scheme. Should you require further details, please contact the Pensions Office.
Should your casual/fee work placement be deemed as an ‘Academic/Other Related’ position, the appropriate workplace pension scheme will be the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), Career Revalued Benefit section of the scheme. Further details can be found on the USS website www.uss.co.uk
Should your casual/fee work placement be deemed as a ‘Support’ position, the appropriate workplace pension scheme will be the National Employment savings trust (NEST). Further details can be found on the NEST website.
The University offers members of USS, BPAS and GRP the opportunity to participate in a salary sacrifice arrangement for their pension contributions. The arrangement enables staff to maintain their pension benefits whilst reducing the national insurance costs that they incur. Further details are available from the University's Pensions Team.