Public service pensions

Public service pensions, including civil service pensions, are occupational pension schemes set up by the Government for employees in the public service, local authorities, or semi-state companies. The majority of these pensions are defined benefit schemes. This means that your pension is based on your pay/salary at retirement or an average of your pay while you were in the scheme and the number of years you have been in the scheme.

Public servants who were employed before 2013 belong to sector-specific pension schemes, for example civil service, HSE and teacher schemes. Members of these schemes should contact their employer (relevant Government Department or State Body) for information on the rules of their particular scheme, or for pension estimates. More information on civil service pensions can be found on the following website.

Public servants who joined from 1 January 2013 onwards are members of the Single Public Service Pension Scheme, and can get pension information on this website.

Last updated on 7 January 2021

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