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What happens if I go on leave?

Maternity leave

While on paid  maternity leave, you will remain a member of the scheme. Your contributions are based on the pensionable pay you actually receive during the period of maternity leave. Where your pensionable earnings are reduced, the contribution rate continues to be based on your pre-reduction annual salary rate but you only pay that rate in relation to your actual earnings received. Periods of nil pay are not pensionable and you cannot pay contribution during this time. You will however remain covered for death in service benefits for a period of 2 months from the last day of paid employment.

Adoptive leave, Parental Leave, Shared Parental leave or Paternity Pay

You are  not in pensionable service in relation to your employment unless you are entitled to be paid at least ½ of the your salary or where statutory pay is being paid. Where the leave is paid, contributions are based on your normal salary. Where your pensionable earnings are reduced, the contribution rate continues to be based on your pre-reduction annual salary rate but you only pay that rate in relation to your actual earnings received.

Sick leave

If you go on sick leave, your contributions are based on the pensionable pay you receive. If your pensionable pay is reduced, contributions will be paid on the reduced amount.  Where your pensionable earnings are reduced, the contribution rate continues to be based on your pre-reduction annual salary rate but you only pay in relation to the actual earnings received.  Where you receive Statutory Sick Pay only, this is not pensionable and therefore contributions are not payable. Although you will not accrue any service for pension purposes if you are not contributing, you would remain covered for any death in service benefits for  a 12 month period from the last day of paid employment.

Link to Scottish Government Website