Welcome to the Pensions Division Webpage
The Department of Education and Skills administers pension schemes for:
- Teaching Staff (primary, secondary and community and comprehensive schools) and
- Non Teaching Staff (special needs assistants, certain clerical officers and certain caretakers in primary schools).
The Department also has an advisory and regulatory role in relation to pension schemes in ETBs, Institutes of Technology, Universities, Colleges of education and certain education bodies.
The Department of Education and Skills does not endorse products or services provided by any financial services provider. When considering retirement options it is advisable to seek independent financial advice from a qualified financial advisor but it is important to note that this Department does not make any recommendation in this matter.
Please select from the options below for information on your pension:
Information and application forms for teachers and non-teaching staff planning to retire in 2019
Use our Pensions Modeller to get an estimate of the retirement benefits you will receive.
Pensions information for Primary, Secondary and Community and Comprehensive teachers
Pensions information for Special Needs Assistants, Clerical Officers and certain Caretakers in Primary Schools
Under the Data Protection Policies of the Department, the 4th April 2019 has been designated as the date that the pension unit will review of our data processing activities.
6.2 Maintaining a record of data processing
The Department will maintain a record of its data processing activities (ROPA) in the manner prescribed by Regulation.
The record will be reviewed and signed off by designated data controller (i.e. Principal Officer), not less than on an annual basis.
February 2019 - Change in the Compulsory Retirement Age for certain Public Servants
The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act 2018 was enacted on 26th December 2018 and came into effect immediately from that date.
The Act provides for an increase in the compulsory retirement age of most public servants recruited prior to 1 April 2004, from age 65 to age 70.
Under the Act, any relevant public servant who had not already reached his/her compulsory retirement age before 26 December 2018 has a new compulsory retirement age of 70.
An FAQ section is available on the DPER website at
For staff in pension schemes where the date of compulsory retirement is the end of the academic year in which they reach the age of 65, their new compulsory retirement date will now be the end of the academic year in which they reach the age of 70 w.e.f. the 2018/2019 academic year.
Increase to certain pensions of retired school-staff
April 2018 - New Circular on compulsory retirement at aged 65
Circular 0027/2018 - Provision to allow for certain education and training sector staff to be retained in employment beyond their Compulsory Retirement Age of 65 years until they reach the age of eligibility for the Contributory State Pension
Circular 0027/2018 - Frequently Asked Questions
March 2018 - Correspondence
Your PPS ( Personal Public Service ) number must be quoted in all correspondence ( emails and post) with this unit regardless of whether or not you are also quoting your payroll number or pension number.
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