Date posted: 01/12/2011

Audience: HR Managers & Payroll Managers

Action: To note specification regarding increased employee contributions and to alert payrolls about upcoming changes

Timing: Immediate – changes must be implemented to take effect from April 2012 payrolls

This notice is from Cabinet Office, Scheme Management Executive.

  1. Following the Government’s consultation on employee contributions, Sir Gus O’Donnell sent a message to all departmental heads notifying them of the changes to the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme. On 14 December Cabinet Office wrote to HR Directors outlining the Cabinet Office response to the consultation on employee contribution increases in 2012-13. This letter (which was published on 16 December) is reproduced at Annex A. Further information is available on the Civil Service website.
  2. This change will mean employers having to arrange for their payroll providers to update their systems. MyCSP will be working with their software provider to assess whether any further amendments are needed to the payroll interface specification.
  3. The specification for the increased employee contributions is attached at Annex B to this notice.


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1 December 2011
Last updated:
24 April 2023