The Unified Scheme was introduced on 1 April 2012.
Then Unified Scheme consists of 10 sections that provide for varying pension provisions and charge a range of contribution rates.
Standard Section 1
All new joiners to posts eligible for membership of the Isle of Man Government Unified Scheme 2011 can join Standard Section 1 only. There are some exceptions, which are highlighted below.
Practitioner Members - Section 6
Practitioner Members are also permitted to join Section 6. Where this website refers to the Unified Scheme Guide, Practitioner members should also refer their Supplementary Guide.
Firefighters - Section 7
Firefighters are also permitted to join Section 7 and certain elements of their pension provisions are different to other sections of the Unified Scheme. Whilst a majority of the information on this website applies to all members, Fire Fighters should refer to their own Scheme Guide
Members of Tynwald - Sections 8 and 8a
From September 2016 newly elected Tynwald Members are permitted to join Section 8 and re-elected Tynwald Members at that time, were permitted to join Section 8a.
Members of the Judiciary, Attorney General and Solicitor General - Section 9
From April 2020, all new joiners to the Judiciary and the Attorney and Solicitor Generals are eligible to join Section 9 or the Standard Section. Prior to this the Judiciary had a separate pension scheme (Judicial Pension Scheme 2004) which was closed to new members from April 2020.