Agency staff need good pensions too
Under the Teachers' Pensions Scheme, which excludes agency lecturers (because they are deemed self-employed), employers must contribute 7.4 per cent of the employee's salary. Given that ELS has promoted itself as a way colleges can cut costs, is it likely that it plans a scheme giing equal benefits to lecturers?
Lower or non-existent employer contributions will result in lower pension benefits to an outcast group of lecturers. Many agency lecturers work the same - or even longer - hours as directly-employed staff. NATFHE says it is time for them to be allowed access to the same quality of pensions as other teachers.
National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education