If you have a pension from a previous job, you may be able to transfer it into your Civil Service pension. This means all your pension benefits will be paid by Civil Service Pensions when you retire - keeping things simple for you.

Transfers must be made within 12 months of the date you joined the Civil Service and can include public sector or private pensions.

How to request a transfer

When you first join the Civil Service, your new employer will give you a Pension Choices form, which you can use to tell us that you’re interested in transferring in an old pension.

You can also complete a provisional application form and return to us.

It’s not always possible to transfer a pension. Once you tell us you’re interested in making a transfer, we will contact you to tell you if it’s possible.

Transfer valuation

When you request a transfer, we will contact your previous pension administrators who will send us the value of your previous pension benefits. We’ll then send you a quote confirming how much pension that amount will buy you in the Civil Service. If you are happy with the valuation, you can apply for the transfer to go ahead.

Club and non-Club transfer

There are two main types of transfer - a Club transfer and a non-Club transfer.
The Public Sector Transfer Club is a group of pensions that may offer special terms for transfers.

Step by step guide to requesting a pension transfer

When joining the Civil Service, you will be given a Pension Choices form by your employer. Use this to tell your employer you want to transfer in a previous pension. Your employer will then tell us.

You can also complete a provisional application form and return to us.

2 weeks after we receive your completed forms we’ll request transfer details from your previous pension administrator.

3 weeks after we receive your transfer details from your previous pension provider we’ll confirm how much Civil Service pension benefits the transfer will buy you. If you wish to proceed with the transfer, you should contact your previous pension provider to let them know. They’ll send you forms to complete and will confirm when the transfer has been processed.

Once we receive the transfer funds, we will contact you to confirm it’s completed.

Published:
15 December 2021
Last updated:
29 July 2022