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How part-time firefighters accrue benefits in the pension schemes

Like full-time firefighters, those who work part-time also have a right to be part of the statutory occupational pension scheme for firefighters in Scotland. There are currently three different schemes in operation and each has its own regulations on pension accrual for part-time firefighters.

Depending on which scheme (or schemes) you're a member of, your pension will be based on the following principles:

The Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2015: you'll accrue pension based on your actual earnings rather than your wholetime equivalent.

The New Fire Pension Scheme 2006: you'll accrue service at the same rate as your part time contract. Your qualifying service accrues at the same rate as full-time members. At retirement your pension benefits are calculated using the final average pensionable pay based on your wholetime equivalent.

The Fire Pension Scheme 1992: you'll pay contributions based on your whole time equivalent salary and accrue pensionable service at the same rate as your part time hours. Your qualifying service accrues at the same rate as a full time member. At retirement your pension benefits are calculated using the final average pensionable pay based on your wholetime equivalent.

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