Date posted: 12/03/2019


This notice will be of interest to:

  • HR managers
  • Payroll managers


  • To work with your payroll provider to ensure that employee contribution rates and salary thresholds from 2018/19 can be rolled forward to apply from 1 April 2019.
  •  To communicate with your employees that there will be no change to the member contribution rates.


  • Immediate.


  1. Following the announcement by HM Treasury on 30 January 2019 regarding the cost cap and Valuation process, the Civil Service pension scheme consulted with Trades Unions regarding member contribution rates to apply from 1 April 2019.
  2.  2018/19 member contribution rates and thresholds will continue to apply unchanged from 1 April 2019. Legislative amendments to the pension scheme rules which relate to this policy were laid on 11 March 2019.

Table 1 – Employee pension contribution rates from 1 April 2019

Annualised rate of pensionable earnings

Member contribution rate

£0 to £21,636


£21,637 to £51,515


£51,516 to £150,000


£150,001 and above


3. The above contribution rates will apply until further notice.

4. Rates will be reviewed in due course, following the outcome of the on-going transitional protection appeal and possible subsequent court hearing (“the McCloud case” which is described in the HM Treasury Written Statement detailed in paragraph 1).




If you have a question about the distribution of EPNs contact

You can find electronic copies of the Employers’ Pension Guide, all current EPNs and forms on our website.

This notice is for employers and should not be issued to scheme members. 

If members have a question about their pension they can find information at:


12 March 2019
Last updated:
24 April 2023