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What is Partial Retirement?

Partial retirement allows members to take some or all of their pension and carry on working. Partial retirement is available to all active members subject to agreement from their employer.

You can apply for partial retirement if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are over minimum pension age.
  • You qualify for a Civil Service pension.
  • You have agreed with your employer to reduce your pay by at least 20% (by either reducing your working hours or your grade).

Before you decide to apply for partial retirement, please note: partial retirement is only possible if you ‘reshape’ your job, which must be agreed by your employer. This may not be possible for everyone. Before you apply for partial retirement You need to be sure that you understand the effect that partial retirement may have on your final pension as well as the immediate impact on your income.

If you are in classic, classic plus or premium schemes, click here for our Partial retirement calculator.


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