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Membership of the NITPS


  • Employment from 1 April 2007
  • Part time employment where the contract started before 01 April 2007
  • Opting out

Employment from 1 April 2007

You automatically become a member of the scheme if you are employed full-time or part time, are between the ages of 18 and 75, and if you are:

Employed in a grant-aided school.

Employed in the Voluntary Grammar Sector.

Employed in a institution of Further and Higher Education.

We also accept employment in certain other establishments. If you are in doubt, ask us or your employer whether you can join the scheme.

Part time employment where the contract started before 1 April 2007

For your service to be treated as pensionable you must have made a part time election. If you have not made an election and you change your contract or have a break in service after 1 April 2007 your future service will automatically be pensionable unless you opt out of the NITPS.

Opting out

You do not have to stay in the NITPS. You can opt out of the scheme at any time in order to make your own pension arrangements. You should think very carefully before you opt out. You should compare the benefits of the NITPS with those offered by personal pension plans or State Second Pension and consider the long-term effect on your financial position. You may wish to consult an independent financial adviser or your teachers’ association before taking such a serious step.

Can I rejoin the scheme after having opted out?

There is no limit to the number of times you can opt out of, and rejoin the scheme.