From 1 October, contribution rates to the NHS Scotland Pension Scheme will change.

The changes are necessary because current rates are not meeting the requirement that total contributions should be 9.8% of pay, set by HM Treasury.

After consultation with key stakeholders a new contribution structure will be implemented, and we have published our response. It aims to be fair and equitable across the whole of the scheme membership.

The new contribution rates will see most NHS staff paying more into their pension, although many part-time workers will see their contributions fall. The highest earners will also see a reduction. To lessen the impact, the reform of the contribution structure will be phased over two years.

The scheme contribution rates will still be tiered, with lower earners paying in a lower percentage than higher earners.