Human Resources

Phased Retirement

An employee may decide that they do not wish to retire in the near future but would benefit from alternative working arrangements in the short or medium term. Phased retirement allows a change of hours and/or working pattern so that an employee can reduce their hours gradually.  This may involve, for example, a move to part-time working prior to full retirement, or changes to the employee’s responsibilities to help the College with its succession planning and help the employee to plan and prepare for their retirement. A request should be made under the flexible working policy.

The College will carefully and fairly consider all requests by those employees for changes to their working patterns. Birkbeck will not make any changes to an employee’s working pattern without express written consent from the employee. Employees need to be aware that a reduction in their working hours will be a contractual change in the terms and conditions of employment. This will result in a reduction in salary and pension contributions to the pension scheme. Employees should check their pension arrangements before making any final decision.

Flexible Retirement (USS scheme members)

The USS pension scheme offers ‘Flexible retirement’, which allows an employee, with the College’s agreement, to take up to 80% of their pension alongside a reduction in working hours of at least 20%.  (Employees should be aware that their pension may be reduced for early payment if they are taking it before the scheme's Normal Pension Age.)

For more information on this, please refer to the USS Flexible retirement factsheet.

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The HR team is based on the first floor of Egmont House
Postal address: Human Resources, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
Email: humanresources@bbk.ac.uk