Membership of the Scheme is probably the best perk of the job, and it’s open to you if you work for one of the local authorities in Greater Manchester, and a whole range of other organisations too...
You can join the Scheme any time before your 75th birthday. It doesn't matter whether you are full time or part time, permanent or temporary you can join, no matter how long your contract is for.
Under the Government's automatic enrolment rules, in most cases you will be brought into the scheme automatically, as soon as you start work for your employer. This is generally the case unless your contract is for less than three months, in which case you will have to ask if you wish to join.
Sorting out the paperwork
As a new member, or even if you are just moving between employers within the Scheme, it's important you tell us about any previous pensions by filling in a new member declaration form. It’s also the best time to ask about possible transfers into the Scheme, as there are strict time limits.