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Firefighters 2015 scheme – Active
How much do I pay in pension contributions?

As a member of FPS 2015 you would pay a pension contribution which is a percentage of your pensionable pay or assumed pensionable pay.

Contributions would normally be deducted from each instalment of pensionable pay as it becomes due unless another method of payment has been agreed with the authority.

Current contribution rates for the period 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017 are as follows:

Pensionable pay range for an employment Contribution rate 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017
Up to £27,270 10.0%
£27,271 to £50,500 12.5%
£50,501 to £142,500 13.5%
£142,501 or more 14.5%

The pensionable pay shown in Column 1, in the case of part-time regular firefighters and retained and volunteer firefighters would be that of a whole-time regular firefighter of equivalent role and length of service. It would not take into account certain reductions in pay, e.g. during sick leave, or leave of absence.

The relevant contribution rate will be determined on commencement of membership and then at the start of each subsequent financial year (1st April).

If, in the course of a financial year, you have a change in Scheme employment or a material change which affects your pensionable pay, to the extent that the revised amount of your pensionable pay falls into a different contribution band, the authority will advise you of a change in contribution rate and the date from which the change will be applied.

The following bands and contributions have been set for the next two years from 1 April 2017.

Contribution rates for the period 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 are:

Pensionable pay range for an employment Contribution rate 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018
Up to £27,543 10.5%
£27,544 to £51,005 12.7%
£51,006 to £142,500 13.5%
£142,501 or more 14.5%

Contribution rates from 1st April 2018 are:

Pensionable pay range for an employment Contribution rate from 1st April 2018
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%

Employer contributions as determined by the Scheme Actuary and the Secretary of State are paid by the authority, together with any additional costs which have to be borne by the employer, e.g. relating to ill-health retirement or employer initiated early retirement.