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NHS pensions in Scotland

Changes to NHS pension contributions

The Scottish government has announced that proposals for changes to pension contributions for NHS staff will be delayed until October.

The proposals were due to come into force from April. Contribution rates will remain the same as they currently are until October, but the earnings thresholds will be uprated in line with the annual Agenda for Change pay increases.

Information about the tier bandings to be applied from 1 April 2022 is available on the SPPA website (circular dated 18 March 2022). 

The announcement comes after RCN Scotland expressed its concern with the timetable for the changes and the lack of time available for a thorough consultation of RCN members. A further consultation will take place in the summer.

The RCN sits on the NHS Pension Scheme (Scotland) Advisory Board which provides advice to Scottish ministers on a broad range of policy matters relating to the pension scheme. However, the final decisions lie with ministers – the health trade unions are not able to negotiate on the NHS pension scheme.

Thanks to all RCN members who took part in our recent webinars on the consultation and responded via email - your views helped inform RCN Scotland's response to the consultation.

Read the RCN's response to the consultation. We will confirm arrangements for a further consultation of members in the summer once the timetable is announced.

If you have questions about the consultation and RCN Scotland's response, please email us Please note, this email address is only for consultation responses and should not be used for enquiries about pensions which should be directed to our advice team or by calling 0345 772 6100.

Find out more about the Scottish Public Pensions Agency's recent consultation process.

RCN members are also advised to seek independent financial advice about their own circumstances relating to the NHS pension.

Page last updated - 30/03/2022