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Nursery Assistants

The information below only applies if you signed a Collective Agreement dated 27 March 2015 and were employed by the Education Authority.


On 16 September 2016 amending regulations were made which affect Nursery Assistants who signed up to a Collective Agreement that changed their terms and conditions of employment, the main change being an increase in the whole-time equivalent hours from 32.50 per week to 36 per week.

Although you may not have changed the number of hours you actually work, this change to your full-time hours could have had a direct effect on the calculation of the pension benefits you had built up before 28 March 2015, as these final salary benefits are calculated with reference to your full-time length of membership and full-time equivalent pensionable pay.  There is no impact on the pension benefits that you will build up from 1 April 2015 as these are calculated on the pensionable pay that you actually receive under the Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) Scheme.

To ensure that your benefits are not affected by your decision to sign up to the Collective Agreement and the change in full-time hours, the Department for Communities has made regulations which allow us to continue to calculate your benefits for the period from 1 January 1995 to 27 March 2015 (the protected period) on a 32.5 hour full-time equivalent pay.  This means that there will be no change to the calculation of your benefits for this period.  Any final salary benefits built up outside the protected period will be calculated on a 36 hour full-time equivalent pay.  By adjusting the pay to accommodate the change in full-time hours means there will also be no change to the benefits provided.

The calculations shown on the link on the right hand side of this page show that your protected pension benefits for the protected period will be calculated in the same manner as if you had remained on a 32.5 hour full-time equivalent working week.