Contribution Rates

Your contribution rate

There is now a single set of contribution rates across Civil Service Pensions, regardless of whether members are in classic, classic plus, premium, nuvos or alpha.

The rates are set out in the tables below.

Civil Service Pensions employee contribution rates 

Scheme Year 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

Annualised rate of pensionable earnings Member contributions rate 
 Members who are in classic or who moved into alpha from classicAll other members
£0.00 to £15,000 4.60% 4.60% 
£15,001 to £21,636 4.60% 4.60% 
£21,637 to £51,515 5.45%  5.45% 
£51,516 to £150,000 7.35%  7.35% 
£150,001 and above  8.05%  8.05% 


The rates and salary bands up until 2018/19 are set out in the scheme rules.

More information about the 2015 contribution changes can be found here.

Contributions and higher rate tax bands

The contribution rates are set broadly in line with HM Revenue & Customs income tax thresholds. Information about pensions tax can be found here.

The contribution rates have been set taking into account the scheme valuation, and including the current higher rate tax threshold.

After future valuations, contributions may change. If so, they will be set taking into account changes to the higher rate tax threshold.