Part-time working

If you’re working part-time in a post that started before 1 January 2007 and there’s been no contractual change to that employment the service will only be pensionable if you make an election for it to be pensionable, or if your employer has advised us of a contractual change.

The key thing to remember is that part-time employment will only count towards your benefits if it’s pensionable employment and you’re paying pension contributions.

If you started working part-time on or after 1 January 2007 your service is automatically pensionable unless you opt out of the Scheme. If you’re working part-time and your employer is not deducting contributions, you’ll build up a debt of arrears and interest.

If you’re a part-time, the Teachers' Pension Scheme treats you in the same way as a full-time member. If you’re working part-time, the whole period counts towards your qualifying service including the days you don’t work. However, your benefits are based on the pensionable earnings you receive.

Final salary arrangement

If you work part-time and in the final salary arrangement, we compare the amount of salary received in a period of eligible part-time work with the equivalent annual full-time rate of salary to determine the amount of days worked.

We calculate it like this: Earnings divided by Annual Salary Rate times by 365.

Career average arrangement

If you’re in the career average arrangement then your earnings will determine the amount of pension you accrue as you’ll bank a pension each year of 1/57th of your pensionable earnings. The same conditions apply if you’ve more than one employer.

Last Updated: 08/12/2021 16:12


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