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What is a Workplace Pension?

What is a Workplace Pension?

Since April 2017, it’s compulsory that all eligible employees receive a Workplace Pension as part of their employment contract, and this applies to grooms working in the equine industry. There is still a lot of confusion surrounding Workplace Pensions ie:

  • who is eligible for one?
  • who should be paying into one?

We have put together a simple guide researched to answer 10 common questions regarding Workplace Pensions in the equine industry. Our sources are reliable authorities on these matters and they provide much more detailed and official detail for you. They are listed at the bottom of this article. We have summarised some of their instructions for ease and convenience but you must satisfy yourself that you remain compliant with the exact details of what they instruct and advise – obviously we are not pension experts.

In this article we cover:

  1. what is a Workplace Pension?
  2. what does this mean?
  3. who should expect to receive one?

 

1. What is a Workplace Pension Scheme?

A Workplace Pension scheme helps employees save for their retirement through contributions deducted directly from their wages. The majority of schemes will also provide other benefits, for example, support for the recipients partner in the event of death. If an employee is eligible for automatic enrolment, their employer has to enrol them into the scheme.

In the past, employees had to set up their own personal pension scheme. Now, with the compulsory Workplace Pension most employees are signed up straight away and have to arrange to opt out if they no longer want to pay into the pension scheme. The money paid into the Workplace Pension scheme comes straight out of the employees wages, so it’s already been deducted when salary goes into the bank, just like tax, National Insurance or a student loan repayment.

 

What is a Workplace Pension - employees who are eligible

2. Who is eligible to receive a Workplace Pension?

Employers must enrol all eligible employees into their Workplace Pension. This is referred to as “automatic enrolment”. Employees will be eligible if:

  • they work on an employed basis, notself-employed or freelance groom
  • they are aged 22 or over
  • they are under State Pension age
  • they earn more than £10,000 a year (£192.30 or more gross weekly)
  • they usually work in the UK

 

 

3. Who pays into the Workplace pension? The employer, or the employee?

What is a Workplace Pension - employer contributionsUsually both! Unlike other ways of saving, a Workplace Pension means the employee isn’t the only one paying money in. The employer has to contribute too, as long as the employee earns over £6,032 a year (£116 gross weekly). Both the employee and the employer must pay a percentage of the employees earnings into the Workplace Pension scheme.

Employees also get a contribution from the government in the form of tax relief. This means some of the salary that the government would have taken as income tax is paid directly into the Workplace Pension instead.

When an employer automatically enrols an employee into their Workplace Pension scheme, they must write to the employee to inform them of:

  • the date they’ve added the employee to the pension scheme
  • the type of pension scheme and who runs it
  • how much they will contribute and how much the employee will have to pay in
  • how the employee can leave the scheme should they want to

An employer can delay the date they must enrol a new employee into a pension scheme by up to 3 months, but they must:

  • tell the employee about the delay in writing
  • let the employee join the Workplace Pension scheme in the meantime if they ask to

If an employee works part time and earns less than £10,000 employees can still ask to join, in which case the employer can’t refuse the request and must make contributions, but employers are not expected to enrol them automatically.

 

4. How much is paid into a Workplace Pension?

There is a minimum total amount that has to be contributed by both the employee and the employer, based on your total earnings between £6,032 (£116 gross weekly) and £45,000 a year before tax (£865.38 gross weekly). This is known as “qualifying earnings”. Qualifying earnings include:

  • salary or wages
  • bonuses and commission
  • overtime
  • statutory sick pay
  • statutory maternity, paternity or adoption pay

What is a Workplace Pension - plan for your retirementSo, for example, if a Groom earns £350 gross weekly (£18,200 a year), the contribution would be a percentage of £12,168 (the difference between £6,032 and £18,200).

As of April 2018 the minimum amount required to pay in has been 3% from the Groom and 2% from the employer. From April 2019 the minimum increases again to 5% from the groom and 3% from the employer.

Some employers apply the minimum pension contribution to the whole of the employee’s earnings, not just to qualifying earnings. This depends on how the Workplace Pension scheme is set up.

To offer a very basic example, each payday:

  • the employee puts in £40
  • the employer puts in £30
  • the employee gets £10 “tax relief” – £10 is deducted from income tax and paid into the Workplace Pension instead

A total of £80 goes into the employees pension.

In simpler terms, for a groom aged 25 or over who earns the National Living Wage of £8.21 and works a 40-hour week, their employer will contribute £9.90 per week to the Workplace Pension scheme.

Employers:

Pension contributions are an allowable business expense, so you will also receive tax relief on the contributions you make to your employees Workplace Pension. You can read more on this by clicking here.

Grooms:

If you are not sure whether you pay Workplace Pension contributions on qualifying earnings or on full earnings, talk to your employer. Your employer will let you know how much of your earnings you need to contribute. They might tell you this as a sum of money or as a percentage. If they give you a percentage, you can find out what it means in pounds and pence using the Workplace Pension Contribution Calculator provided by The Money Advice Service by clicking here.

 

What is a Workplace Pension - an easy way to save for your retirement5. When and how are the Workplace Pension contributions paid?

Once an employee is automatically enrolled, contributions to the Workplace Pension will start straight away. Employer’s deduct the employees contribution directly from the employees pay, whether the salary period is weekly, monthly, or four weekly. This means that the employee doesn’t have to budget for the contribution out of their “take-home” salary, as when they receive their wages the pension contribution has already been paid.

 

 

6. How does the Workplace Pension work when an employee has more than one job?

If an employee has more than one job, each job is treated separately for automatic enrolment purposes. This means an employee might be enrolled on more than one Workplace Pension scheme, and this is fine.

Each employer will check whether the employee is eligible to join their pension scheme and will automatically enrol the employee into their Workplace Pension scheme.

If you work any of your part time jobs on a self-employed or freelance basis you will not be eligible for a Workplace Pension for that particular workplace. You can read more about pensions for self-employed and freelance workers below.

Grooms:

If you don’t want to be a member of more than one scheme you can choose to opt out of one of them, but you don’t have to. You can pay into more than one pension scheme if you want to.

Important info:

What is a Workplace Pension - plan to retireIf you earn more than £6,032 (£116 gross weekly) but less than £10,000 (£192.30 gross weekly) in any of your jobs you won’t be automatically enrolled in that employer’s pension scheme, but you can ask to join and your employer cannot refuse you.

Bear in mind that if you earn less than £6,032 a year (£116 gross weekly) in ALL of your part time jobs you won’t be automatically enrolled on any pension scheme, and you may not have sufficient pension to live on when you reach retirement age – it pays to think and do some calculations ahead! You want to be able to enjoy your retirement with your horses, not still be having to work to make ends meet! NB: In this situation, you can still ask to join your employers’ pension schemes and they cannot refuse you, but your employer doesn’t have to contribute.

Use the Workplace Pension Contribution Calculator provided by The Money Advice Service to check what the pension situation is for each of your part time jobs. Remember, information for each job must be put into the calculator separately – don’t add your salaries together or you’ll get the wrong result! Go to the calculator by clicking here.

 

7. What happens to the Workplace Pension when an employee changes jobs?

It’s important to know what happens to a Workplace Pension when the employee leaves a job and starts a new one. This is largely the employee’s responsibility as the employer’s obligations have ended with the termination of the employment contract.

Grooms:

What you do about your pension when you change jobs depends on what types of Workplace Pension schemes you’ve been enrolled on.

It’s very important to keep records of the pension providers your employers have enrolled you through. The pension belongs to you, not your employers, so you need to be in the know! Always ask each of your employers for the details of their Workplace Pension scheme and keep it safe, even after you’ve left your job with them!

When you leave a job you may choose to:

  • leave your pension in your old employer’s scheme to be paid to you when you retire
  • transfer your pension to a new Workplace Pension scheme with your new employer
  • transfer your pension to a personal pension that you manage yourself

What is a Workplace Pension - Moving your pension to a new job

If you worked at your job for less than 2 years before leaving, you may be able to get a refund on what you’ve contributed. Check with your employer or the pension scheme provider.

Always speak to the Workplace Pension provider (the pension company, not your employer/former employer) about your options when leaving a job – the options available to you will differ depending on the particular pension provider your employer has used. If necessary, you can also get independent advice on your options. The Citizen’s Advice Bureau provide information on gaining independent financial advice here.

The Money Advice Service website has guidance on what to do if you are thinking about transferring a pension at www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk.

Don’t forget to let your old pension provider know where you are if you change address later on. It’s easy to lose touch and this can make things more difficult when you retire and need your pension!

 

What is a Workplace Pension - Having more than one pension scheme

8. How do self-employed workers receive a Workplace Pension?

If a worker is self-employed, or works for someone else on a self-employed/freelance basis, the client (who would otherwise be the employer) has no Workplace Pension responsibilities, and it is entirely the worker’s responsibility to set up their own pension. Saving for your retirement is very important, so don’t overlook this critical part of ‘future proofing’. It’s important  that self-employed and freelance workers find out about paying into a personal pension scheme. You can read more on this from The Money Advice Service here.

 

9. What if an employee has already got a pension?

An employee can have more than one pension scheme, so enrolling on a Workplace Pension scheme is not affected by any other pensions already held.

 

10. What if I don’t want to pay into a Workplace Pension?

Employers:

All employers have to automatically enrol their eligible workers into a Workplace Pension, this isn’t something you can opt out of.

As an employer you cannot:

  • unfairly dismiss or discriminate against an employee for being in a Workplace Pension scheme
  • encourage or force an employee to opt out of the Workplace Pension

It is well worth noting failure to automatically enrol eligible employees for a Workplace Pension can incur fines, plus you will have to pay backdated payments into your employees’ Workplace Pension schemes which, over time, can run into thousands of pounds. Your employees will also have to make backdated contributions. We can all agree, this is not a situation anyone wants to find themselves in!

If your employee asks to opt out of your Workplace Pension scheme it’s advisable that you don’t simply act upon the outcome of a casual chat – get everything in writing.

NB: If an employee works part time and earns less than £10,000 they can still ask to join your Workplace Pension scheme, and you can’t refuse them.

If an employee has opted out of the Workplace Pension scheme you are required to automatically re-enrol them into the scheme every 3 years (from the date you first enrolled them) if they’re still eligible for it. This is a legal requirement. You must write to the employee when you do this, and the employee can leave the scheme again, but only after you’ve re-enrolled them, not before.

The Pensions Regulator website (part of www.gov.uk) has some very useful tools that will help you to find the information you need, with simple Question and Answer forms that will walk you through to the relevant information that is specific to you. You can find these tools by clicking here.

 

Grooms:

You can opt out of your employer’s Workplace Pension scheme after you’ve been enrolled, but if you do, you’ll lose out on your employer’s contribution to your pension, as well as the government’s contribution in the form of tax relief. You may also find yourself without an adequate pension to live on when you reach retirement age!

For most people, staying in a Workplace Pension is a good idea, especially as your employer must contribute to it as well. The contribution your employer makes to your pension is part of your overall salary package – so opting out is a bit like turning down pay!

There are circumstances in which it might make sense to opt out, for example, if you’re dealing with unmanageable debt. It’s not a good idea to opt out purely so you have more disposable income each week/month!

What is a Workplace Pension - Keep paying into a pension fund

 

How can an employee leave (or “opt out”) of the Workplace Pension?

Your employer will have sent you a letter telling you that you’ve been added to the scheme and you can opt out at any time, if you want to:

  • ask the company that provides your employer’s Workplace Pension scheme for an opt-out form. Ask your employer for the details you need.
  • You must then return your completed form to your employer, not to the people who run the scheme.
  • If you opt out within a month of being added to the scheme, you’ll get back any money you’ve already paid in.
  • You may not be able to get your payments refunded if you opt out later – they’ll usually stay in your pension until you retire.
  • You can opt out by contacting the pension provider. Your employer must tell you how to do this.

NB: Your employer is required to automatically re-enrol you in the scheme every 3 years (from the date you were first enrolled) if you’re still eligible for the Workplace Pension scheme. This is a legal requirement and they’ll write to you when they do this. You can leave the scheme again, but only after you’ve been re-enrolled.

 

Can I reduce my payments into the Workplace Pension?

You may be able to reduce the amount you contribute to your Workplace Pension for a short time. Check with both your employer and your pension provider to see if you can do this and how long you can do it for.

 

Can I opt back into a Workplace Pension?

You can do this at any time by writing to your employer. They are not legally obliged to accept you back into their workplace scheme if you’ve opted in and then opted out in the past 12 months, so make sure you really want to opt out before making any bold moves.

 

Sources and further reading

The Government website gives more detail on Workplace Pensions here.

The Money Advice Service gives more detail on Workplace Pensions here.

The Citizens Advice Bureau gives more details on Workplace Pensions here.

Self-employed and freelance workers can find out more on the Government website about the different types of private pension here.

For employers, Pru Adviser gives further information about business tax relief on pension contributions here.

Both employers and employees can contact ACAS for information and advice on any matter regarding employment. You can find contact details for ACAS here.

All information is correct at the time of publishing this article (February 2019). This article offers basic guidelines, and we always advise you to consult financial and pension experts before acting.

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* Ideally 3/4 days week  *Opportunity to take HGV if interested *Accommodation could be found *Very competitive remuneration totally negotiable according to experience Small, friendly and ambitious private yard set in beautiful peaceful surroundings with Top class FEI ponies and horses. This position will suit an experienced groom/rider to cover yard managers days off and competitions, exercising ponies/horses and general helping out. For the right person, some flexibility with the number of hours but 3/4 days pw is ideal.  If you are a friendly, reliable person who enjoys being part of a close-knit team, this is for you. A competent, confident rider to assist with keeping the ponies fit is essential. Normal stable duties to a very high standard. Experience in dealing with competition horses. Capable and confident rider a must.  You will need to be small and light enough to ride 14.2 ponies and confident and able enough to ride competition horses. You should be able to take sole charge of the yard with guidance. The yard is mainly for teenage daughter (14) who is very ambitious and competitive but well mannered and hardworking too! Daughter has previously competed at a National level in working hunter. Qualified Royal International, Horse of the Year Show, 2nd in the Gold Cup and qualified for Burghley Sports Pony. Now purely eventing. Successfully training with the under 16 and Under 18s coaches 🙂 MUST BE CHILD-FRIENDLY! 🙂  This is a fun endeavour as well as being a focussed ambition! Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitent.com
*Dog welcomed *DIY livery yard very close by *Morning or afternoon neg. some flexibility on occasions ideal. This employer is looking for a PT right hand person experienced, knowledgeable and with horsey know how to Groom/Ride and do Person Friday tasks to work one half of the day with one other providing the other half day! You must be able to tow a trailer and have a full and clean license plus take full care and responsibility for yard/horses etc on the ground and under saddle/lunge. Person Friday duties by the same person  would include some looking after 12 year old , light house keeping,  care of guinea pigs and fish tanks, family dog, etc. All PC activities done by children and employer rides too. Must be good with children and a people person as well as an animal person Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*5 day week * Up to £400pw neg. depending on experience *(Horsey experience useful for occasional help on the yard ;)) Private household based on a small 20-acre country Thoroughbred Stud now seeking a Housekeeper who must be animal-friendly. You would be required to look after 2 dogs, as well as the main the house when the owner is away frequently during the week so some caretaking/supervision of an empty house required.  You must, of course, be reliable and honest and be happy to be in a country location with periods on your own. (Subject to DBS checks) You will have some knowledge of and experience in cleaning and sanitising rooms to varying levels to meet requirements, willingness to learn new cleaning methods and how to use various pieces of equipment, ability to adapt to different situations (owner and extended family in residence/not) and be able to  change work processes to accommodate employer needs etc. Example of Housekeeper Job Duties Dusting and polishing furniture and fixtures Cleaning and sanitising toilets, showers/bathtubs, countertops, and sinks Maintaining a clean and sanitary kitchen area Making beds and changing linens Washing windows Vacuuming and cleaning carpets and rugs Sweeping/vacuuming, polishing, and mopping hard floors Sorting, washing, loading, and unloading laundry Ironing clothing items Using any cleaning equipment such as vacuums, mops, and other cleaning tools Keeping bathrooms stocked with clean linens, toiletries, and other supplies Cleaning mirrors and other glass surfaces Emptying trash receptacles and disposing of waste Steaming and cleaning draperies Tidying up rooms Monitoring cleaning supplies and ordering more as needed Reporting any necessary repairs or replacements   Please contact Caroline & The Grooms List team, quoting reference code JL55773 on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Management of four horses, two hunters (also show in summer) one event horse and a retired dressage horse. Total yard management and exercise (with help), Mucking out, grooming, turning out for competitions/hunting, feed management, school and paddock maintenance.  To join a really friendly team looking after the home and horses. 6 day week with real flexibility at times.   Minimum Requirements Must have a positive attitude with great standards, must have a UK driving license. Experience of turning out, plaiting and clipping is required but training could be given. Experience with large competition fit horses.   Accommodation details At the moment live out, this could change into the future   Benefits Would help with passing of LGV driving license Riding tuition
Job Description Job entails daily care of a maximum of eighteen horses and ponies kept in groups.  This includes feeding, turning out, mucking out, grooming, keeping the yard and barns tidy and all usual yard duties.  A good standard of physical fitness is required for this role. You will be involved with assisting in training a variety of horses and need to be prepared to work with these animals in an ethical manner to  help prepare them for eventual rehoming. Riding can be sporadic depending on what we have in at any given time, we do bring on and back horses as and when the need arises. The ideal candidate will have empathy for horses and be confident handling horses of varying levels of experience and temperaments with varied history.  A cheerful disposition, a flexible attitude and a strong work ethic are all beneficial! This role would suit a junior groom with an interest in keeping horses in a more holistic manner and working in the charity sector.  At the sanctuary we like to keep the horses lives enriched and as stress free as possible.  You will have the ability to follow instructions and be able to work on your own initiative when needed. You will be required to carry out one evening duty per week which involves dealing with the other animals on site too.  Please note, this is a rural location, night life is possible with effort.   Accommodation details Live in, self-contained accommodation, with shared (with one other) bathroom and kitchen. Pets are welcome, sorry, no own horse on site.   Benefits Accommodation on site.  28 days paid holiday, 10 days sick, pension, uniform provided, boot allowance.    
*Live in or live out *Own horse and pets a possibility Looking for a new team member on a busy successful yard. Full time position live in or live out, accommodation is own mobile home. We are looking for someone calm and confident with experience handling young green horses. Job includes all basic yard work: mucking out, feeding horses, keeping yard clean and tidy, Tacking up/ washing off, clipping, plaiting and stud work (training given) We are ideally looking for someone who can ride and work horses, ideally someone who rides to a good standard on the flat and is capable/ confident of schooling young horses and helping with breakers. There’s an opportunity to jump at shows for the right person and although this isn’t a purely riding position there is plenty of riding available for the right person with training given. We have a lovely yard to work from with some super horses and a great atmosphere. We go to some fantastic shows nationally and internationally and will require someone able to groom at some shows but equally stay at home and be responsible to take sole charge. Our new team member must take pride in there work and always be looking to get the best from the horses, we are looking for someone confident and reliable with a good sense of humour.   Position is 6days a week. We offer a good wage with paid holiday.  
* Full- time, 37 hours a week, (weekend work may be available). *Flexible working hours *Beautiful spacious house and  NMW offered *Partner welcomed (could work part- time also) We breed horses and cattle on an organic family farm in the Midlands of Ireland and are looking for a skilled and reliable person to look after the horses and help with gardening etc. Duties Include: • Maintaining and cleaning stables, yard and grounds • Feeding horses, dogs and poultry • Mucking and turning out horses • Lunging horses • Handling horses ready to be backed • Stud duties: handling stallions, mares and foals • Driving horses to stud and competitions • Lawn mowing and gardening (experience not required) • Mending fences Ideal Candidate: • Good communication and teamwork skills • Ability to follow instructions • Keeps an overview, spot problems and suggest solutions • Self- motivated and able to work independently • Driving licence and 5years plus driving practice • Punctual and reliable • Extensive experience of working with horses Bonus: • Horse riding ability Please apply with CV and 2 reference names and telephone numbers    
*IRO £20-£25K  *Lovely accommodation *Lots of time to do 3/4 horses to the best standards *Amazing hacking through forests and countryside available. *Winter in Florida! This position is mostly based on the German/Dutch border but much of the winter will be spent in Florida 🙂 . Working alongside one other Groom, who we placed a whle ago and who is living her best life! This is a lovely opportunity for the right person. If you are an experienced Groom wanting to give the best care to 3/4 beautiful and well-behaved Dressage geldings who belong to a friendly but busy owner then you will love this! Total care and management of these top-level Dressage horses in Germany/France/Wellington Florida required. These horses travel well and enjoy their lives, so you too should enjoy the variety and top-level treatment you will receive as their Groom. You must be able to turn out well for international competitions and husbandry must be of a very high standard day to day. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*First class, private accommodation available *Partner welcomed *5 day week Situated in a county which is central in the UK we have a position which would suit an experienced Equestrian person who is mature and secure enough in their own skills to be able to step up when required. You must be equally relaxed about working alongside a handson, knowledgeable owner, so you also need to know when to step up and step back! This is a fabulous opportunity for a long term role combining some traditional yard management /Grooming/Riding duties with some optional ‘country living’ job responsibilities. Ideally, you will have had at least 5 years experience in the industry and enjoy grooming, a little hacking when required, (dog and house sitting etc optional)You should be capable of all grooming duties (plus clipping), happy to hack out and do canter work with fit horses when required. Excellent equine first aid skills also essential. This is a fabulous opportunity to live in first-class private accommodation either on your own or with a partner. Trailer license & 7.5 Tonne a real bonus Owners have a very well trained young German Shepherd who will need some care when owners are away so you need to be comfortable with the breed, but she is very people friendly and this aspect is secondary and optional. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a wonderful long term role for the right person . Owners want to spend more time away from their home and are really looking for someone who can seamlessly keep an eye on things and manage their home,yard  and beloved animals until their return but be  mature enough to take a step back when the owner is around.  Please contact Caroline & Team on 0203 006 5630 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
*Own horse a possibility *Opportunity to go to competitions for suitable candidates *5 or 6-day week negotiable Job Description We are a small showjumping yard in North Hertfordshire. I’m looking for a happy, confident, motivated person to work alongside me and my mother. I would rather an experienced person, however, I am willing to take on someone that is like a sponge and that loves to learn. We have young horses as well as stallions, all horses are well behaved. We are not a dealing yard; I produce horses for top level. Jobs would include:  Mucking out Tacking up and un-tacking Washing off Lunging Clipping Plaiting Tack cleaning Facilities include a hot wash, solarium, walker and floodlit ménage. For the right person there will be a chance of both international and national shows. Including both shows abroad and in the UK (this is optional) We are looking for someone that would work a 5  or 6 day week. Accommodation details No accommodation    
Job Description *25 hours pw *Own horse & dog considered *Possibility by separate negotiation live in self-contained Annex including utility bills paid Busy equestrian family seeking a dedicated and passionate experienced groom to care for and exercise (currently) 5 show jumping ponies/horse. We have a small private yard at our home close to Bicester, where our daughters are busy competing most weekends at a variety of shows including Junior British show jumping events. We are looking for an experienced competent rider who can assist in improving the ponies way of going which will include schooling and fitness work, the candidate must ride well on the flat and have had experience with training and developing young show jumping ponies / horses.  The candidate must be confident with all basic equestrian first aid, including bandaging and poulticing.  The role includes all aspects of running the yard and carrying out daily duties, such as grooming, pulling & plaiting manes, (clipping a bonus), mucking out, cleaning tack, organising the lorry, grading the school etc. The duties will be varied and we may require help with other related activities. As the role is 25 hours a week it might suit someone who wants extra time to do other equine work. (Please note extra hours can be given if happy to work around the house and garden and overtime can be given at various busy times).   Minimum Requirement The candidate will work on their own most days so, we are looking for someone who is very self-motivated and has a great deal of love and passion for what they do. The person must get on well with children (10yrs & 13 yrs) and have exceptional organisation skill and attention to detail. Experience in developing young showjumping Ponies / horses Excellent at flat work Lunging Plaiting & Pulling Manes Clipping a bonus Good general equine first Aid All general yard duties HGV licence a bonus.   Accommodation details The possibility of a separate negotiation for the rental of a self contained Annex including utility bills  paid    Benefits Freelance or employed Possibility to keep your horse with us and bring your dog Salary from £180 -£212 pw 25 hrs Depending on age and experience. Mon,  Wed, Thur & Friday 5 hrs per day. Tue 3 hrs  Sat 2 hrs   How to Apply Please email a covering letter along with your CV. Please text me via my mobile number.
Job Description In 1992,  a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in species-appropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. We have a veterinary clinic based in Lewitz specializing primarily in equine breeding and treatment. The position we are offering provides a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of vet nursing, and we expect applicants to come with competent horse/foal training skills as well as being well presented, punctual and reliable. This is a full-time appointment involving responding to calls from outlying farms and assisting with all aspects of professional breeding. Your duties will include restocking of trucks, setting up equipment, assisting with X-rays, preparing for injections and, above all, working with our foals. You will frequently be on “foal watch” – looking after mares and their foals, helping with neonatal foal and mare care, and thus given a first-rate opportunity for hands-on learning. Work on our stud also offers a great learning experience for the prospective veterinary or vet tech student; it will include some additional on-farm duties according to your daily workload   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description To work alongside our existing team with all aspects of the competition yard and stud. We actively encourage our apprentices to get involved, ask questions and make the most of their time with us. Family run yard and stud with everyone living on site. Minimum Requirements Competent handling competition horses, riding on roads and open spaces and a desire to progress though the levels at BE. A cheery disposition and a ‘can do’ attitude as important as ability. Accommodation details Room in a shared purpose built flat, large kitchen, lounge area, two bathrooms and wifi. Benefits The opportunity to learn from a wide range of industry professionals.    
Job Description The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. Finally, the jumping horses go to the third station, the “Scheckenhof”, with its spacious, light-flooded indoor riding arena and the idyllically located outdoor riding arena which is surrounded by the racecourse and in close proximity to the Neustädter See. Dirk Hauser and Christina Heussler organise all the riding stables from here, and two highly renowned trainers are also employed – Paul Niemz and Thomas Mohr. At the Scheckenhof, the further career of each individual horse is also decided.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description I am looking for a stay-at-home groom for the day to day care of the horses and all stable, field and yard duties. Must be experienced and competent with sole charge as there will be times you will be on your own when I am away at competitions. Confident with general riding and fitness work. Must have high standards and quality of work and turn out to a high standard.  There will be a small element of assistance due to being a full-time wheelchair user. Between 7-9 horses including youngsters and retirees.   Minimum Requirements Must have worked on a yard and experienced with sole charge. Licence to tow trailer or drive HGV an advantage. Accommodation details Shared 3 bed listed building with large garden Benefits
Job Description An additional groom/apprentice is needed to join our enthusiastic and hard working Event team!  We have a very exciting string of young horses who are aiming for Internationals this year, and need another pair of hands – general yard duties including mucking out, grooming and taking care of top level event horses.  There will be training on the job for skills such as mane and tail pulling and clipping, and opportunities to travel to competitions around the UK and abroad.  A great opportunity to join a highly motivated and exciting team! We have a purpose built yard in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and facilities that include an indoor barn, indoor school and outdoor school, horse walker and lunge pen. We would really like someone with their own horse, who would like to improve their riding with training from Charlotte (it doesn’t matter what level of rider you are currently!) Minimum Requirements Candidate must have some experience of working on a yard. There will be some riding and possibility of competing for the right person.  Above all must be hard working and enthusiastic.   Accommodation details Shared accommodation provided, on site.     Benefits Fantastic opportunity to gain experience at a top yard, working with knowledgable efficient and skilled people, and an exciting team of talented horses all striving for the top.  Additionally, own horse welcome and training with 4* rider and UKCC Level coach provided as part of the programme. Good wage provided for someone with experience!  
  *£26-£28K + accom. (Pay own bills but no rent) *Pets welcomed *Own horse considered *2 bedroom house down the road available & partner welcomed. Experienced and very competent Groom/Rider required for YR on a private competitive Dressage yard where the daughter is a YR (23 years old) and does international Dressage (all levels up to Grand Prix.) The employer is a 5* accredited coach, so clearly has a lot to bring to the table for all concerned but the successful candidate would need to be someone capable of operating credibly at this level. The focus is on a holistic approach to riding, coaching and performance. 9 horses kept, including a well-behaved stallion (doesn’t stand), so previous stallion handling experience necessary. International competitions attended, but mostly, you would need to hold the fort at home and go along to local/UK shows/training etc. on occasions. Very good facilities, built for and fit for purpose. Riding available. Exercise/hacking riding at the least but if capable, more is available, maybe even some competing on the up and coming horses. Coaching available if required.  At a push could be non-riding, but ideally not. Must like dealing with youngsters on the ground and have prior experience. Must be personable, demonstrate longevity in prior roles and have good references. Team player essential with the maturity and sensitivity to know when to step up and to step back. Please contact Caroline & The Grooms List Team, on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com                          
***10/12/19 Under Offer*** *Training available on the ground from this exceptional horseman*Career opportunity for the switched on Job Seeker 🙂 80%+ horse duties Great opportunity to develop your career as a Groom in the exciting world of rehabilitation, pre-training and the 3* Event world! Accomplished 3-star level eventer, (competes home and abroad), is looking for someone keen to learn and grow but also to happy with some ‘family’ duties here and there. Nothing too onerous and polite, well mannered children who just need a bot of ferrying around  from time to time 😉 Attitudes and an interest in the sport are more important than heavyweight experience for this particular vacancy. Professional, fun team and a busy inclusive environment.  The very best of facilities in a quiet but accessible location. Clean driving license and child-friendly person clearly a prerequisite! Please call Caroline and The Team on 0203 006 5730 or  email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
***10/12/19 – UNDER OFFER*** *Up to £450 pw negotiable depending on experience * Partner welcomed * Dog welcomed European champion Young Rider competing with Team GB and who has won 7 European medals is now looking for an experienced Groom/Exercise Rider with professional standards to work on the family yard.Must turn out to 4* and be capable of sole charge when required but understand the team dynamic of a family situation. HGV helpful but could be put through test. Affable personality is essential for this private and happy yard and a shared enthusiasm for eventing at the highest levels is probably essential! 10 polo ponies kept in winter/minimal duties. Professional facilities/x country course/great hacking.2000 acre farm stunning cross country course. 🙂 Start date is February but could be earlier. 🙂 Please contact Caroline & The Grooms List Team, quoting reference code JL58861 on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Job Description APPRENTICE POSITION *Own horse welcome * Smartly furnished accommodation with all the mod-cons * Lots of opportunities to learn, train and compete in an encouraging supportive environment. We are looking for a new Apprentice, to start at the end of this Eventing season. You could be looking to gain either your Level 2 HorseCare or Level 3 Riding apprenticeship, through our service provider Haddon Training. Own horse welcome and smart furnished accommodation with all the mod-cons can be provided if you want. Lots of opportunities to learn, train and compete in an encouraging supportive environment. A great opportunity to learn in an international event yard, with high standards and expectations. To work alongside our brilliant two experienced and friendly grooms. 45 hour week, 28 days paid holiday etc. Located near Cirencester. Please ring 07977127598 or email alisonsharpe53@gmail.com with your CV. Accommodation details   Benefits See above  
Salary 8.5 Euros/negotiable dependent on experience with no food/accommodation or utilities to pay. You will need some experience grooming competition horses One of the Most Professional SJ yards in the world – Learn your trade with the best and secure your Grooming future with a hands on job. All you need is a passport and an adventurous spirit! Enthusiasm and dedication to work along side the best horses, riders and horse people.This opportunity would be GREAT FUN and a second to none experience which would guarantee your career anywhere you chose in the future both home and abroad. A rare insight into world class horses, world class facilities and a truly remarkable experience for any groom seriously interested in getting to the top of their game. Whilst there are considerable opportunities for advancement and promotion possibilities if you wish to remain in Germany. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!    Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
***10/12/19 – UNDER OFFER*** *Top Remuneration IRO £24k according to experience*Annual bonus *Private healthcare *2 bed apartment *Partner welcomed *Pets welcomed Successful commercial stud with a good track record and much success at yearling sales etc. has a great career opportunity for someone currently at the level or ready to step up. This is a position which would suit someone with ambition as owners are commercially minded and run their operation as such. Capable of covering the Stud Manager’s days off and holidays, all the usual skills are required plus you must be willing and able to work under an experienced Stud Manager along with a small but capable team of  Stud professionals.  We have placed previous staff who have been in this position for very good periods of time, so this would demonstrate a rewarding and happy environment. If you feel you are ready for that next move and interested in a totally confidential discussion then please do contact Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email with a full CV to info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*Accommodation available or live out *Dog and own horse welcomed *5 or 6 day week available to suit *Package negotiable according to experience Job Description 100% reliable, hardworking and competent individual required to join a small team managing a yard of 18 private full livery clients and young sports horses. Experience of a professional yard preferred but not necessary. To undertake all normal yard duties on a daily basis, with the ability to manage the overall running of the yard when required. Set hours of 8 – 5.30 and a set routine including daily turnout for all horses. A relaxed atmosphere based in the heart of a private country estate. The successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of stable management, horse health and safety and equine first aid. Pride in the yard and a keen eye for detail when caring for each individual horse are of upmost importance. The yard must be maintained to the highest standards at all times – an organised, clean and tidy personality is important! Occasional riding if desired. A lovely group of people and horses in a beautiful setting. Minimum Requirements     Accommodation details Possible accommodation ranging from a static caravan to estate cottage depending on individual’s own circumstances and desires.   Benefits Set hours and routine. Contract, payroll and pension facilities already in place. Private country estate location. Own horse a possibility for the right person with access to all facilities. Well behaved dogs welcome.    
***10/12/19 – UNDER OFFER*** *Live in or out *IRO £350/£400 neg *Beautiful cottage accommodation (without charge) *friendly dog considered *Horse possible Groom required to work within a team to a very high standard on this international dressage yard. Essentially a non-riding position (maybe some hacking if capable), so really would suit someone who enjoys the Dressage environment and working with the best of horses and facilities. Keen Team player required who will be excited to work in a world-class establishment. Purpose-built International Dressage facilities:Indoor/outdoor schools, wash downs, walker, lots of well-kept post and rail turnout paddocks etc Rota is 5 days one week/6 days the next. Pls Call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
* Own horse a possibility *Pets considered *Iro $500 pw *Training available 🙂 Fantastic life & career opportunity! 🙂 Job Description Candidate needs to have experience and be comfortable cleaning/bathing horses, tacking/untacking, bandaging/booting, keeping tack cared for, mane pulling, trimming and body clipping.   Yard duties when not grooming for a head trainer.  Grooming about 60% of position. Minimum Requirements Must have at least 6 months of working in a barn or as a full time groom.  We will train, so proficiency can be acquired while here.   Accommodation details Lovely furnished shared apartment on property with private bedroom, shared bath with one other, full laundry facilities, great-room, big kitchen with dishwasher, all necessary cooking/flatware/glassware and private pantry.   Benefits Housing, Salary, and Workmen’s Comp Insurance.  Riding lessons, horse board and training also possible.    
*Salary IRO 1800 euros *All accommodation and food provided *Seasonal position with far reaching CV improving benefits! This world class service station and stud is looking for experienced stud hands for the forthcoming season to be based in Muhlen, Germany. Some prior experience important as some serious unmatched warmblood breeding stock is involved in this operation names such as  Balou du Rouet, whose offspring’s prize money makes millions plus Sandro Hit plus stallions Fürstenball, Vivaldi, Bordeaux, Foundation, Vitalis, Sir Donnerhall I and Diarado were amongst the leading group of all German stallions according to the German FN’s 2016 predicted breeding value statistics. Last year stallions from Mühlen once again dominated the Oldenburg Elite Mare show and of the twelve mares presented, seven of them were daughters of this yard’s stallions, including the winner Candy OLD by Sir Donnerhall I. The list goes on and on and on! 🙂 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!    Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*IRO £350/375 pw + accomm *Beautiful accommodation (Live in or out)  *Riding available with good hacking and indoor and outdoor facilities   Groom/Rider required for a small family yard. The family enjoy a variety of disciplines and the family, children and grandchildren all ride too so a happy, fun environment with lots going on.    The ideal applicant will be a team-player & ideally able to ride slightly smaller horses/ponies :). There is opportunities to go hunting if you are interested.    🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A good wage, for a groom with some experience who is looking for a fun role. Super facilities and top accommodation. Please call Caroline and the team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Dog welcomed *Own horse considered *Flexible accommodation options (shared/with partner/sole) *Fair remuneration Business man and former European Champion has set up an amazing centre of modern horse breeding “unique” in Europe. The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a groom at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development.
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The “Stern-Buchholz” site is outside the gates of the state capital Schwerin. The team headed by Birgit Brandsätter and Paulo Castro here is responsible for breaking in all the horses, as well as for the further training of the dressage horses and the preparation of the colts for licensing.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. As a groom or rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The second station for training a Lewitz jumping horse, the “Rustica”, is located in the immediate vicinity of the main stud. Under the management of Janek and Melanie Hucz, the young horses take their first jumps under a saddle here.    
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. Must hold a standard driver’s license, and a tractor license would be a bonus. Able to drive a Radlader and show ability to recognize when ‘odd-jobs’ need doing. Please note that we are a specialized training stables and work only with young horses, some experience with horses would be useful but not essential. You will be required to complete general handyman tasks around the yard, keeping the premises clean and tidy. Being able to step in and help when needed and occasionally.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
* £400 negotiable +accommodation plus bills paid. *Very pretty 1 bed cottage (barn conversion) *Dog and horse possible *5 day week *Chance to take HGV license if required Experienced Eventing yard manager with some hunting know how required to work alongside 2 other staff to run a really friendly and fun family yard. You should be totally capable of stepping up and running all aspects but also a team player with good people and horse skills! You will of course be required to do all usual duties to a high standard home and away. HGV ideal but could put through a test so you must have some experience of driving a lorry. Rider very considerately does most of late night checks herself (!) but this role will involve total care and management of her 7 event horses (youngest is 6 years old). They are all 3 & 4 * plus the family hunters. There is something going on for the event horses all year around so never a dull season!  There is always about 8-15 horses to do between the Team Great facilities close in a beautiful Nort Yorkshire location : Full size menage/x country training course/decent hacking. Fairly close to A1 so easy to get out and about. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A real fun, long term role working for a fun and friendly family who care about their horses and their staff. Good remuneration,cracking location and considerate employers what’s not to like!  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
We are looking for a Rider & a Groom to strengthen our existing team at our stables in the South of Holland. The succesful applicant(s) will receive a salary & their own appartment located on our property. We are looking for hard working people with a sense of humour and who enjoy working as part of a well organised team. Experience is not the most vital ingredient – motivation and a love of horses is.  Our yard comprises 45 stables with indoor and outdoor arenas. We have 7 members of staff most of whom live on site so it is important that the succesful applicant(s) can work as part of a team.    

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Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd
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Fildyke Road
Meppershall
Bedfordshire
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