HOPS aims to relieve growers of seasonal workers pension headache

Seasonal labour supplier HOPS Labour Solutions has launched an auto-enrolment pension scheme in order to help growers comply with new employment regulations.

Glyn Smith - image:HW
Glyn Smith - image:HW

Developed with pensions advisor Edgar Brooks & Co, the HOPS Mastertrust Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme fills a gap in the market for a suitable compliant product for seasonal workers that requires minimal administration, according to HOPS operations director Glyn Smith.

He said: "Farmers and growers have for some time been aware of the need to implement a pension scheme. With a lack of services in the marketplace for seasonal staff, we decided to work with a pension provider and devise our own auto-enrolment scheme to support our members."

It will be avilable to all current HOPS-registered farms, who will have their own confidential and secure section of the Mastertrust portal.

This is the first of a number of value-added services the company is launching following the end of SAWS (Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme), for which HOPS was a licensed operator.

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