Increase in Scottish Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme (STSS) Employer Contributions

Employer pension contributions in the Scottish Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme (STSS) will increase by 5.2 per cent from 1 September 2019 through to 31 March 2023. This has occurred because of the valuation of the STSS and not because of any improvements to teachers’ pensions for which employers are having to pay.

The increase in employer pension contributions became apparent in September 2018. The NASUWT wrote to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to protest about the increase and called on it to be fully funded by the Westminster Government. The Westminster Government has agreed to fully fund the increase for 2019/20 in state-funded schools in England and has consulted the NASUWT and other bodies on the methodology for this.

The NASUWT has made clear to the Westminster Government that the Barnett consequentials mean that additional funding for the pensions contribution increase must also be given to the Scottish Government. The NASUWT’s correspondence with the Treasury is available at

Further details about the funding of the increased employer contribution in public service pension schemes in Scotland should be given in the Westminster Government’s Spring Statement on 13 March 2019. The NASUWT has made it very clear to the Westminster Government that it expects there to be full funding of the employer contribution increase.

The increase in employer pension contributions does not affect teachers’ pension contributions or their pension benefits. For information about STSS benefits, members should contact the Scottish Public Pensions Agency.

You are automatically entered into the Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme (STSS) if you are a teacher in eligible employment between the ages of 18 and 75.

NASUWT publishes a range of information on pensions and provides updates in response to any changes proposed or made by the Government.

If you need general information about the Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme, also known as the Scottish Teachers' Pension Scheme, the most comprehensive source is the Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) website.