Retirement Pension (Old Age Pension)
What is a pension?
A pension is a weekly benefit paid to you when you reach a certain age to help cover your basic needs in retirement.
The amount of pension you receive will depend on the amount of social security contributions you have paid during your working life.
For more information see here.
When is a pension paid?
The age when men and women can claim their Jersey Social Security pension has increased.
The changes only affect you if you were born on or after 1 January 1955.
For full details of how the pension age increases will take effect for anyone born after 1st January 1955, see the check your pension age page.
To work out the amount of someone’s pension, Customer and Local Services currently looks at a working life period of 45 to 47 years. The person’s pension calculation will be based on social security contributions paid or credited to the person between their 18th birthday and the end of the month prior to their 65th birthday.
To get a maximum 100% pension a person must have a full contribution record for 45 to 47 years or more.
Contributions paid in another country can count towards your Jersey pension and vice versa if there is a reciprocal agreement in place. Please see a list of countries with reciprocal agreements here. You will be asked about contributions paid in another country when you apply for your pension.
Introduction of flexible pension age
You can choose to take your pension at any time between 63 and your pension age. However, a reduction of 0.58% per month of the person’s pension entitlement will be made for each month the pension is paid early. The reduced rate pension is payable for life.
For example, if someone has paid contributions for 45 to 47 years and takes their pension at 63, they will receive 86% of a standard rate pension. (24 months x 0.58% = 14% reduction approx)
There are other things to think about before taking a pension early. For example, taking your pension early may make a difference to how other benefits you might get are paid to you in the future.
Anyone wishing to find out about their future pension entitlement can obtain a forecast by completing a Forecast Application Form, obtainable from the Pensions Section at Customer and Local Services.
For more information on how to claim your pension early see here.
Married, divorced or separated couples
People’s circumstances are different. Detailed information is on the Government website but it is strongly advised that you contact the department for advice. They will advise you according to your individual circumstances and calculate what pension you are entitled to. The pension you receive will be the most financially beneficial calculation.
In some circumstances, men can claim an increase in pension for their wife.
When a wife reaches pension age she can choose to have a pension based on her own contributions or a pension based on her husband’s contributions, whichever is higher.
If the husband is not 65 when his wife reaches pension age her pension will be calculated on her own record. When the husband reaches 65, Customer and Local Services will compare the husband’s pension and the wife’s and pay her the highest.
Claiming a pension as a married, divorced or widowed woman
There are a number of different rules which affect the pension you may receive. More information is available here.
If a husband is receiving a pension for himself and his wife leaves the home where they live together, the husband must continue to pay money to his wife in accordance with the amount set by law.
If the husband and wife separate when both are aged between 60 and 65, the wife cannot claim her old age pension until her husband is 65. When the husband is 65 a proportion of the joint pension will be paid to her unless she has paid her own contributions.
If they divorce and the wife has not got a full or partial contribution record herself she cannot claim a pension until her husband is 65. When her husband is 65 she will get a proportion of his pension based on the total contributions her husband has made.
How your pension is paid
A pension is paid four weekly in advance directly into a person’s account with a recognised bank or building society. If this is not possible it is necessary to contact Customer and Local Services.
Further information is available from Customer and Local Services:
Customer and Local Services, Philip Le Feuvre House, La Motte Street, St Helier.
Tel: +44 1534 444444
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm