3.5.24 You must clarify and agree with the member and with the borrowing employer which pension scheme the member belongs to before secondment begins. Section 5.5 (‘Secondment’) gives information on the things you need to consider when allowing someone to go on secondment. Table 2 below gives an overview of what payment arrangements are needed depending on the type of secondment.

3.5.25 The borrowing employer normally pays the ASLC or employer contributions if the member is in partnership. However, according to the agreement, the member (or the member and the employer borrowing them) can pay it instead. The member must pay through the employer.

Table 2 - Member stays in the CSP arrangements during secondment

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The member remains in the CSP arrangements and continues to receive a salary from their employing department.

You must continue to pay an ASLC   and the member’s contributions to Cabinet Office Civil Superannuation Vote as normal.

The member remains in the CSP arrangements and receives a salary from the employer borrowing them.

You must pass the ASLC payments   that you receive from the borrowing employer and the member’s pension contributions to Cabinet Office Civil Superannuation Vote.




The member wishes to remain in partnership irrespective of whether you or the borrowing employer pays the salary.

You continue to pay over   contributions to the provider. You also continue to pay the mini ASLC. Your employer contributions will be based on the member’s notional Civil Service salary.

The member is paid by the borrowing employer and wishes to join their pension scheme whilst on secondment (they cannot join the borrowing employer’s scheme and continue to be in partnership).

The member has the options of:

  • Having their partnership account put on hold for the duration of their secondment. You must let the provider know via the interface (see ‘Manage Submissions Interface Guide’ issued in EPN533
  • Closing their account and transferring their fund to the borrowing employer’s pension scheme.
21 December 2021
Last updated:
27 January 2022