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Teachers will welcome the news that there is no rise to their employee pension contribution this year – rates will stay the same as 2018/2019.
However, there will be a 2.4% increase in the salary bands for the employee’s contribution rates. This reflects the 2.4% rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This means that employees who were at the bottom of the 2018/19 pay bands may, during 2019/2020, pay less into their pension and so should have more money in their pockets. At a time when prices are rising, more money in teachers’ pockets is likely to be very welcome.
The changes to the salary bands are as follows:
|Annual salary rate for the eligible employment from 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019||Annual salary rate for the eligible employment from 1 April 2019||Employee contribution rate|
|Up to £27,047.99||Up to £27,697.99||7.4%|
|£27,048 to £36,410.99||£27,698 to £37,284.99||8.6%|
|£36,411 to £43,171.99||£37,285 to £44,208.99||9.6%|
|£43,172 to £57,216.99||£44,209 to £58,590.99||10.2%|
|£57,217 to £78,022.99||£58,591 to £79,895.99||11.3%|
|£78,023 and above||£79,896 and above||11.7%|
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