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EJRA review

This website provides information about the review of the EJRA, including the open meetings which took place in autumn 2016. It includes (via single sign-on):

The Employer Justified Retirement Age (EJRA) was established following changes in national legislation which removed the default retirement age. It allows employers to have a retirement policy where this is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim, such as workforce planning.

Oxford has operated an EJRA of 30 September before the 68th birthday for all academic and academic-related staff since October 2011. It was agreed that the EJRA would operate for an initial period of ten years, with an interim review after five years.

A working party to review the EJRA was established by Council in July 2015. It began work in Michaelmas 2015 and is due to report to Personnel Committee in Hilary 2017.

Further information about the EJRA is available in the Q&As.

Scope of the review
The review will consider the following issues in the context of the latest case law and an evidence-based analysis of the policy’s impact over a five-year period:

  • the extent to which the EJRA is achieving the Aims
  • whether the EJRA is appropriately set at the 30 September before an individual’s 68th birthday
  • whether the policy covers the appropriate staff groups

The working party will develop outline proposals for the Personnel Committee on the future of the EJRA, including whether it should be retained and, if so, whether it should be revised. Personnel Committee will then make recommendations to Council, which will decide on subsequent action, including consultation with Congregation on the proposals.

Working party
The working party has a broad representative membership, including a senior representative from each of the four academic divisions; a senior representative from GLAM (Gardens, Libraries and Museums) and from UAS; four members of Council elected to Council by Congregation; a member with specific responsibility for equality and diversity matters; and two representatives from the Conference of Colleges - one from the Senior Tutors' Committee and one from the Legal Panel.

The group, all of whom are members of Congregation, includes individuals with a spread of ages.

A list of members of the working party is available in the Q&As.