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If you commence authorised leave or a career break where your contract of employment is retained, you can choose to remain pensionable for a period of up to six months. Your employer will also continue to pay employer contributions to the Scheme during this six month period.
 
A member who pays contributions continuously during the first six months, can then continue to pay contributions for a further period of up to 18 months. If you wish to continue contributing to the Scheme during the additional 18 month period you will be responsible for both the employee and employer pension contributions.
 
Where the authorised leave is to be pensionable you must make arrangements with your employer to pay contributions continuously during the break. Arrears cannot be allowed to accumulate and payments made on returning to the Scheme.
 
It is not compulsory for a member to pay pension contributions during a period of authorised leave or a career break. If you decide not to pay pension contributions your pension record will be closed the day before the leave commences.
 
The facility to pension authorised leave does not apply to locum practitioners.

For more information on paying pension contributions during a period of authorised leave or a career break please see the Authorised Leave and Career Breaks Factsheet on our website.

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