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Pay and contributions

Information about calculating member pay, protection of pay and contribution tiers.


What counts as pensionable pay

Pensionable earnings are determined by the member's employment or engagement terms.

Certain earnings are included or excluded for a member who is employed by:

  • an NHS organisation
  • a GP surgery
  • a non-GP provider
  • a direction body
  • an independent provider

For these members, their pensionable earnings include:

  • salary
  • wages
  • fees

Their pensionable earnings exclude:

  • bonuses
  • payments to cover expenses
  • payments for overtime in excess of full time equivalent hours
  • non-consolidated pay awards or increases

There is specific guidance for members who are engaged as:

  • general medical practitioners
  • non GP providers
  • general dental practitioners

Their pensionable earnings are explained in:

Their pensionable earnings exclude non-NHS income.

You can contact us if you have any queries about pensionable pay, or performance related pay or bonuses.

2008 Section

Find out more about pensionable pay for 2008 Section members:

Total reckonable pay (PDF: 235KB)You can get more information about the 2008 Section Earnings Cap in our Earnings Cap guidance (PDF: 203KB)

Protection of pay

Our Protection of Pay and Voluntary Protection of Pay document (Word: 249KB) has further information about:

  • Protection of Pay (1995/2008 Scheme)
  • Voluntary Protection of Pay (1995 Section only)

If you have any enquires you can use the request to protect Pensionable Pay (SM R9 EA) form (Word: 255KB)

Deemed pay

Deemed pay is pay that would have been paid to a member, if they had not been absent from duty.

You can find out more information in the deemed pay factsheet (PDF: 87.9KB).


Member contributions changed on 1 April 2024. For more information and guidance about the changes, visit our employer information page.

You can contact us if you have any queries about contributions.


Visit the employer information page for guidance on the changes to member contributions introduced from 1 April 2024.

Read the factsheets for other contribution guidance you may need:
Outstanding contributions factsheet (PDF: 38.9KB)Call up of Reservists (PDF: 108KB)