- Response to the consultation on the 2014 contribution changes [PDF]
- Equalities Impact Assessment of the 2014 changes [PDF]
- Calculator to show the effect of the 2014 contribution changes [Excel]
- Changes to your Civil Service Pension Scheme: information for members [PDF]
- Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]
The third phase of member contribution increases will take place in April 2014. This contribution change follows the increases introduced in April 2012 and April 2013. The increases do not apply to those members earning less than £15,000 a year (based on a full time equivalent of salary and pensionable allowances). This section provides members with information about the contribution increases, including:
- a calculator to illustrate how you will be affected by the increase; and
- Q&A to answer questions that you may have about the change.
Your employer continues to make a significant contribution towards your civil service pension, which remains one of the best pension arrangements available. For more information about the Government’s changes to the amount that members contribute towards their public service pension, please see the ‘Further Information’ section below.
The new contribution rates
Members of the classic scheme will pay contributions at the following rates, from April 2014
|Full time pay range||Current classic contributions||Contribution rate 2014-15|
|Up to £15,000pa||1.5%||1.5%|
|£15,001 – £21,000||2.7%||3.0%|
|£21,001 – £30,000||3.88%||4.48%|
|£30,001 – £50,000||4.67%||5.27%|
|£50,001 – £60,000||5.46%||6.06%|
Members of premium, classic plus and nuvos will pay contributions at the following rates, from April 2014.
|Full time pay range||Current premium, nuvos and classic plus contributions||Contribution rate 2014-15|
|Up to £15,000pa||3.5%||3.5%|
|£15,001 – £21,000||4.7%||5.0%|
|£21,001 – £30,000||5.88%||6.48%|
|£30,001 – £50,000||6.67%||7.27%|
|£50,001 – £60,000||7.46%||8.06%|
You can use this calculator to show how the contribution change affects your take home pay from April 2014.
In 2010 the Government announced that pension contributions for public service workers would rise by an average of 3.2 percentage points of pay. The contribution rates were set following consultation with the Civil Service trades unions. Wider reforms to public service pensions are underway. From April 2015, the majority of members will move from their existing Civil Service Pension Arrangement into a new pension scheme. This new scheme is similar to nuvos. Those members who were ten years or less away from their current Normal Pension Age on April 2012 will not move to the new scheme. You should familiarise yourself with the changes to understand how you will be affected by the reforms.
Archive: Previous announcements
- April 2014 contribution increases – Consultation Document [PDF]
- April 2014 contribution increases – Consultation Background [PDF]
- Background information to the consultation on proposed increases to employee contribution rates effective from April 2013 [PDF]
- Consultation on proposed increases to employee contribution rates effective from April 2013 [PDF]
- Pension Contribution Increase Equality Impact Assessment [PDF]
- 2012 Contribution increase consultation [PDF]
- 2012 Contribution increase consultation background [PDF]
- Governments response to the 2012 proposals [PDF]