Employee Contribution Bandings 2018/19

The contribution rates from 1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019 are currently set between 8.5% and 17% of your pay.

The rate you pay depends on the scheme you are in and the pay band you fall into.

1987 & 2006 Schemes

Annual Pensionable Pay 1992 Scheme & Modified retained scheme 2006 Scheme
Up to and including £15,609 11.0% 8.5%

More than £15,609 and up to and including £21,852

12.2% 9.4%
 More than £21,852 and up to and including £31,218  14.2%  10.4%
 More than £31,218 and up to and including £41,624  14.7%  10.9%
 More than £41,624 and up to and including £52,030  15.2%  11.2%
 More than £52,030 and up to and including £62,436  15.5%  11.3%
 More than £62,436 and up to and including £104,060  16.0%  11.7%
 More than £104,060 and up to and including £124,872  16.5%  12.1%
 More than £124,872  17.0%  12.5%

Please note that:

  1. The amount of pensionable pay for a retained or volunteer firefighter for the purpose of the first column of the above table is that firefighter’s reference pay.
  2. The amount of pensionable pay of a part-time firefighter for the purpose of the first column of the table must be the whole time equivalent amount.

2015 Scheme

Annual Pensionable Pay Contribution rate 1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019
Up to £27,818 11.0%
£27,819 to £51,515 12.9%
£51,516 to £142,500 13.5%
£142,501 or more 14.5%


Please note that:

  1. The amount of pensionable pay for a retained or volunteer firefighter for the purpose of the first column of the above table is that firefighter’s reference pay.Please note that:
  2. The amount of pensionable pay of a part-time firefighter for the purpose of the first column of the table must be the amount of pensionable pay of a whole-time regular firefighter of equivalent role and length of service.

***Note that this information was correct at the time of issue but may have been updated or superseded. If in doubt please contact the Pensions Helpdesk.***

Tax relief

Contributions are deducted from your salary before you pay tax. So, if you pay tax at the rate of 20%, every £1 that you contribute to the scheme only costs you 80p net.