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The following payments are pensionable:

  • Annual Leave
  • London weighting
  • National Clinical Excellence Awards and local awards confirmed before 1 April 2018; any new local Clinical Excellence Award made from 1 April 2018 are not pensionable
  • Seniority Allowance
  • Availability allowances for on call work where there is a specific rota commitment are pensionable for both whole time and part time members. It is recognised that there must be some degree of flexibility within an on call rota but in order to pension this payment a member must have a definite commitment to the rota for which they are paid on a regular basis, i.e. weekly, monthly or annually.
  • For part time members, payments for work done whilst on call are pensionable at basic rate up to the Whole Time Equivalent weekly hours. NB: For whole time members payments for work done whilst on call are non-pensionable.
  • Pay for weekend/night shift, if you are contracted to work on a weekend or at night and it forms part of your contracted hours the pay you receive for this would be pensionable at the normal rate of pay for a weekend/night shift. If you are not contracted to work on a weekend/night, and it is overtime you are doing, this pay can only be pensionable if it is paid at your basic rate of pay; up to your Whole Time Equivalent weekly hours. Any work done which is paid at an increased rate in recognition of overtime would not be pensionable.
  • A period of paid notice.
  • PEC work (Primary Care Trust / Local Health Board Executive Committee)
  • Board and advisory work can be pensioned by GPs so long as that work is contracted by the GP’s EA.  Board and advisory work is not pensionable if it is contracted by a GP Practice.
  • NHS appraisal work (but not for GP locums)
  • Out of hours work up to Whole Time Equivalent weekly hours and at the basic rate of pay
  • For part time members, overtime is pensionable up to Whole Time Equivalent weekly hours as long as the overtime is paid at your basic rate of pay. If the overtime work is at a different rate of pay then it is non pensionable.
  • From 1 April 2014, all earnings for Type 2 practitioners, even if above standard full time hours.
  • Payroll Giving payments, as these should be deducted after your pension contributions are taken but before tax is deducted.
  • If you move to a different rate of pay on a temporary basis to cover a role at a different grade, your new temporary pay is pensionable rather than the regular pay in your usual job.

For further information please see the Membership, contributions and pay section of our website.

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