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Firefighters 1992 scheme – Active
How much do I pay?

How much do I pay?

As a member of the FPS1992 you pay a contribution which is a percentage of your pensionable pay. Your fire and rescue authority pay an employer’s contribution and additional charges for ill-health awards plus the cost of exercising certain discretions allowed under the rules. Employees’ and employers’ contributions are determined by the Secretary of State on the advice of the Scheme Actuary who will have regard to the total cost of Scheme benefits. They are reviewed regularly.

The pensionable pay upon which the contributions are assessed is the amount determined in relation to the duties of your role and certain payments which the authority may, at their discretion, treat as pensionable for providing “Additional Pension Benefits”. If you are part-time, contributions will be deducted on your part-time pay. For anyone who first joined the Scheme after 31 May 1989 there was an “earnings cap” on pensionable pay, based on that imposed by HM Revenue and Customs.

The following Table sets out the appropriate contribution rates according to a firefighter’s pensionable pay. It is current with effect from 1 April 2017.

Pensionable pay Contribution rate from 1 April 2017
Up to and including £15,454 11.0% of pensionable pay
More than £15,454 and up to and including £21,636 12.2% of pensionable pay
More than £21,636 and up to and including £30,909 14.2% of pensionable pay
More than £30,909 and up to and including £41,212 14.7% of pensionable pay
More than £41,212 and up to and including £51,515 15.2% of pensionable pay
More than £51,515 and up to and including £61,818 15.5% of pensionable pay
More than £61,818 and up to and including £103,030 16.0% of pensionable pay
More than £103,030 and up to and including £123,636 16.5% of pensionable pay
More than £123,636 17.0% of pensionable pay

The pensionable pay shown in Column 1 of the Table should not include any elements of pay over and above that determined in relation to the duties of the role, e.g. temporary payments and Continual Professional Development payments which would form the basis of Additional Pension Benefits. But, having established the appropriate contribution rate in Column 2 by disregarding such payments, they are taken into account when contributions are assessed and deducted.

In the case of a part-time firefighter, the pension contribution rate is assessed by reference to the pay that would have been received if whole-time. But contributions are then deducted on the part-time rate of pay.

Where there is a permanent material change to the terms and conditions of a firefighter’s employment, which affects pensionable pay, from the date of the change the contribution rate must be re-assessed.