Staff on short term contracts who are given further contracts of work (and have not had a break in employment)

As there has not been a break in employment, these staff are not regarded as either new entrants or rejoiners for pension purposes. For guidance, please see Annex 4D.

Members moving from one CSP employer to another without a break in service

An individual is not regarded as a new entrant or rejoiner if they move from one CSP employer to another CSP employer. These members will have already established their pension choice. They are not generally permitted to change their option purely as a result of moving from one CSP employer to another.

However, if the transferring employee is opted out of the Civil Service pension scheme and does not have an active partnership account, due   to automatic enrolment legislation, the new employer must enrol the employee into the Civil Service pension scheme (see ‘Employees transferred in from another CSP employer’ (paragraphs 4.4.13 to 4.4.14)).

The exporting employer must tell you about the member’s pension details when they transfer the personnel details to you. It is your responsibility to ensure you have received this information. Annex 4B text C gives you a form of words to use in the letter of appointment. See Section 6 ‘Staff transferring to another employer who is part of the CSP arrangements’ (paragraphs 6.1.6 to 6.1.11) for how to deal with this type of staff move or ‘transfer’.

Staff on loan from another CSP employer

Staff on loan will have already established their pension choice and are not permitted to change their option purely as a result of working on loan for another CSP employer.

Staff returning from a career break

Staff returning from a career break will stay in the scheme that they were in before their break.

After 1 April 2015 the member may be enrolled into alpha when they return from the career break, but this is dependent on their eligibility.

Pensioners immediately re- employed upon retirement

See guidance under ‘Other things you need to know – Rejoiner matters’, paragraph 4.1.53 onwards.

Staff who previously worked for the Northern Ireland Civil Service or   a ‘by-analogy’ organisation

If you appoint someone from the Northern Ireland Civil Service or a ‘by-analogy’ organisation, they may be able to join the CSP scheme that mirrors their previous arrangement as long as they have not taken their pension and:

  • they apply to transfer all their benefits from the by-analogy scheme within 12 months of joining, and
  • they have not had a break of more than 28 days in service between the two employments. Where there is a break of more than 28 days, you must treat the employee as a new entrant.

Where you appoint someone from the Northern Ireland Civil Service or a ‘by-analogy’ organisation and they are receiving a pension from that employment, they will only have the choice between alpha and partnership.

Note this arrangement applies only to multi employee by-analogy organisations and not to ‘one man schemes’ set up especially for individual post holders.

A list of by–analogy and analogous schemes can be found here.

Staff returning from secondment

See Section 5 ‘Secondment’ (paragraphs 5.5.1 to 5.5.6) for information on the treatment of secondments.

Published:
23 December 2021
Last updated:
27 January 2022