To help people save more for their retirement, all employers are required by law to provide a workplace pension scheme for certain staff. If you are already in one of the College’s pension schemes (USS, SAUL or NHSPS) nothing will happen – your membership will continue unaffected and there is no action for you to take.

If you are not in one of the College’s schemes we may now be required to re-enrol you into the scheme that you are eligible for. The date for the College auto-enrolment is 1 May 2019.

If you meet all of the following criteria we are enrolling you into a pension scheme on 1 May 2019.

  • You earn over £833.00 per month
  • You are aged 22 or over and
  • You are under the state pension age
  • And ordinarily work in the UK.

Unless you wish to join the pension scheme before 1 May 2019 you need take no further action at this time and should wait for your personal email confirming you have been enrolled.

The Frequently Asked Questions below should tell you everything you need to know, but if you have further questions, please email hrstaffhub@imperial.ac.uk, or call the HR Staff Hub on 020 7594 1001

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this happening?

All employers are required by law to put their workers who meet the criteria below into a workplace pension scheme to help people save more for their retirement: -

  • Are not already an active member of one of the College pension schemes
  • You earn over £833.00 per month
  • You are aged 22 or over and
  • You are under the state pension age
  • And ordinarily work in the UK.

When is this happening?

We will enrol everyone who meets the above criteria into a pension scheme on 1 May 2019.  The only exception will be if you have opted-out of the pension scheme between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019, you will not be enrolled until our next auto-enrolment anniversary in 2022.

Which pension scheme will I join?

The pension scheme you will be enrolled in will depend on your grade and eligibility on 1 May 2019.  More information on which scheme you are eligible for can be found here.

How much will I pay?

This will depend on which scheme you have joined.  SAUL members currently contribute 6% of pensionable pay whilst USS members currently pay 8.8% of pensionable pay.

I was previously in the NHSPS, will I be re-enrolled into this scheme?

No. You are only eligible to re-join the NHSPS if you have contributed to it in the last 12 months and the College cannot automatically enrol you back in. You will therefore be enrolled into either SAUL or USS (eligibility is dependent on your grade and role).  If you have been in the NHSPS within the last 12 months and would like to re-join you will need to apply to do so. Please email pensions@imperial.ac.uk if you would like to do so.

What if I don’t want to join?

Once you have been enrolled you can opt-out if you wish.  You cannot do this until 1 May 2019 at the earliest. You can download an opt-out form by following this link. The law does not allow us to provide you with the form and you must download and complete it yourself.

There will be a short period at the start of each month when we are able to take action to prevent pension contributions being deducted in that month, please see table of dates below.  If we receive your opt-out form after this period, your contributions will stop from the following month.  If we receive your opt-out notice before 31 July 2019 we will be able to refund your contributions paid since 1 May in the next pay run.  If you opt-out after 1 August, you will not be entitled to a refund of contributions but your benefits will be held by your pension scheme until you retire or transfer them elsewhere.

Opt-out form deadline

Month you will receive your refund

10 May 2019

No contributions deducted

10 June 2019

June

10 July 2019

July

31 July 2019

August

1 August 2019 onwards

No refund

If I opt-out now can I join later?

Yes, you can request to join the scheme at any time by contacting pensions@imperial.ac.uk.

What if I’m a casual worker?

You will still be enrolled into a pension scheme if you meet the criteria above.  If you don’t meet the criteria on 1 May you will be enrolled as soon as you do in the future, unless you have opted-out.

I have Fixed/Individual Protection – will I be enrolled?

If you have applied for protection of your Lifetime Allowance you will have been provided with written confirmation and a registration number by HMRC.  As long as you have shared this with the Pensions and Payroll Team you will be excluded from auto enrolment. If you have not yet shared your registration please do so by emailing pensions@imperial.ac.uk.

What if I’m already receiving a pension?

You will still be enrolled into a pension scheme if you meet the criteria above.  You will then start to build up a new pension pot which you will provide you with some additional pension when you retire again.

If you don’t meet the criteria above but are interested in building up a new pension pot you may still be eligible to join the pension scheme.  If you are interested please email pensions@imperial.ac.uk