Aston University aims to recruit the most talented individuals. This policy is intended to support this aim by providing assistance to new employees who have to relocate to take up a position. This policy applies to staff appointed to a position from 1 January 2014 at grade 7 (salary point 25) or above on an open-ended contract or to a fixed term position of two years or more, and who have to relocate their place of residence in order to take up the appointment. The full policy and application form is available below.
The following policy and application form applies to all staff requiring relocation assistance to establish their homes to a location with 45 miles of the University within two years of taking up their first post with the University that were appointed before 1 January 2014.
Aston University aims to recruit the most talented individuals. This policy is intended to support this aim by providing assistance to new employees who have to relocate to take up a position.
This policy applies to staff appointed to a position from 1 January 2014 at grade 7 (salary point 25) or above on an open-ended contract or to a fixed term position of two years or more, and who have to relocate their place of residence in order to take up the appointment. Staff employed on grades 1-7 (up to and including salary point 24) are not eligible as the University would normally expect to recruit from within the Birmingham and surrounding area. Positions which are externally funded fall outside of this policy. Individuals may be eligible to claim costs in line with the relevant funding arrangements.
This policy covers the removal of domestic items only. The cost of the removal of office and laboratory equipment may be reimbursed at the discretion of the recruiting School/department.
Staff appointed prior to January 2014 will be subject to the previous relocation procedure.
To qualify the individual must fulfill all of the following criteria:
Relocation expenses (supported by receipts) will be reimbursed up to ten per cent of the individual's gross starting salary to a maximum of £8,000.
Reasonable expenses incurred may include the following:
All expenses will be reasonable and discussed and agreed with an individual’s line manager.
Payments for relocation expenses are treated as part of an individual’s earnings for Income Tax and National Insurance Contribution purposes. The first £8,000 (of eligible expenses) is, however, exempt from Income tax and NICs. Further guidance can be found at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/guidance/relocation.htm
For expenditure in currencies other than sterling the exchange rate will be that used by our finance department at the time of processing.
If more than one individual relocates to the same address a claim should be made by one employee.
The relocation allowance will be pro-rated for part time staff.
Eligibility and level of payment may be varied in exceptional circumstances. This will be discussed with the recruiting manager and approved by either the Vice Chancellor or the Chief of Operations and Estates during the recruitment process.
An individual may decide to use some of the relocation allowance on relocation support services. More information on the services available may be obtained from the relevant HR Advisor.
Should the individual voluntarily leave or be dismissed (with the exception of redundancy) from the University within three years of commencing employment with the University, they will be required to repay a proportion of the reimbursed expenses. This amount will decrease by 1/36 for every month of service completed.
Requests for payment must be submitted to Human Resources using the Relocation Expense Form. All claims must be supported by original receipts and evidence that the appointee has moved to take up their appointment.