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Pensionable pay

How does ‘pensionable pay’ affect my pension?

Pensionable pay is the pay you pay contributions on.

From 1 April 2014 pensionable pay includes non-contractual and contractual overtime, and any additional hours worked on top of your contractual hours.

For the pension you build up from 1 April 2014 we use your assumed pensionable pay (APP), rather than the reduced pay you got if you were absent from work for any of the following reasons.

  • Sickness or injury on reduced or no pay
  • Reserve forces leave on reduced or no pay
  • Ordinary Maternity leave on reduced or no pay
  • Ordinary Paternity leave on reduced or no pay
  • Ordinary Adoption leave on reduced or no pay
  • Additional Maternity leave on reduced pay
  • Additional Paternity leave on reduced pay
  • Additional Adoption leave on reduced pay

We usually base your APP on the pay you got in the three months before your pay went down (excluding any lump sums you received).

Pensionable pay before 1 April 2014

The pay we use to work out your pension benefits on membership before 1 April 2014 is usually your pay in your final year of scheme membership – or one of the previous two years if it’s higher.

If you work part-time when you leave the LGPS, your final pay is usually the full-time pay that you would have got if you’d worked full time. Your final pay will consist of normal salary plus any shift allowances, bonuses, contractual overtime and any other taxable benefit specified on your contract. But it won’t include any non-contractual overtime or any additional hours you worked on top of your contractual hours.