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Departmental Pensions

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees in his Department (a) contracted out of and (b) contributed to SERPS/S2P in each year since 2001-02, broken down by (i) sex and (ii) age cohort. (195456)

Such information as is readily obtainable is given as follows.

The Principal Civil Service Pensions Scheme (PCSPS) is a ‘contracted out’ scheme. However, women aged over 60 and men aged over 65 cannot contract out of S2P. All other employees would be automatically contracted out of S2P unless they decided not to join the scheme.

We are unable to extract data for a number of staff during 2006-07 as this information is held on a legacy system, which could be accessed only at disproportionate cost. The available data is contained in the tables and is for the tax year 2006-07 relating to 91,504 staff and 2007-08 relating to 125,476 staff, broken down by (i) sex and (ii) age cohort.

Number contracted in at end of 2006-07 tax year

Gender

Age band 1 (under 21)

Age band 2 (21-25)

Age band 3 (26-30)

Age band 4 (31-35)

Age band 5 (36-40)

Age band 6 (41-45)

Age band 7 (46+)

Total

Female

0

0

0

0

0

0

1,765

1,765

Male

0

0

0

0

0

0

147

147

Total

0

0

0

0

0

0

1,912

1,912

Note:

No data prior to age band 7 available from data source due to disproportionate costs.

Source:

FAMIS (INGRES).

Number contracted in at end of 2007-08 tax year

Gender

Age band 1 (under 21)

Age band 2 (21-25)

Age band 3 (26-30)

Age band 4 (31-35)

Age band 5 (36-40)

Age band 6 (41-45)

Age band 7 (46+)

Total

Female

129

411

235

140

112

118

2,893

4,038

Male

99

271

187

105

82

92

498

1,334

Total

228

682

422

245

194

210

3,391

5,372

Source:

Resource Management (RM) Payroll.

Number contracted out at end of 2006-07 tax year

Gender

Age band 1 (under 21)

Age band 2 (21-25)

Age band 3 (26-30)

Age band 4 (31-35)

Age band 5 (36-40)

Age band 6 (41-45)

Age band 7 (46+)

Total

Female

684

2,837

5,418

7,116

10,080

11,793

23,342

61,270

Male

272

1,404

2,559

3,109

4,163

4,609

12,206

28,322

Total

956

4,241

7,977

10,225

14,243

16,402

35,548

89,592

Source:

FAMIS (INGRES).

Number contracted out at end of 2007-08 tax year

Gender

Age band 1 (under 21)

Age band 2 (21-25)

Age band 3 (26-30)

Age band 4 (31-35)

Age band 5 (36-40)

Age band 6 (41-45)

Age band 7 (46+)

Total

Female

245

2,983

6,838

8,280

12,318

16,500

35,632

82,796

Male

109

1,512

3,208

3,795

5,039

6,196

17,449

37,308

Total

354

4,495

10,046

12,075

17,357

22,696

53,081

120,104

Source:

Resource Management (RM) Payroll.