What contributions does my employer pay? Your employer pays in the balance of the cost of providing your benefits in the scheme after taking into account investment returns. Every three years, an independent actuary works out how much your employer should contribute to the scheme. The amount varies, but the underlying assumption at the moment is that employees contribute approximately one third of the scheme's costs and employers contribute the rest. Future scheme cost management If the costs of the LGPS change beyond certain limits still to be agreed, the unions, employers and government will negotiate a way to meet those cost changes.