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People reaching state pension age before 6 April 2019

Pensions Team

Social Security Division

First Floor

Markwell House

Market Street



Telephone:+44 1624 685176

State Pension is paid to you if you have reached state pension age and you have paid National Insurance contributions in the Isle of Man during your working life. (NICS).

State pension age

State pension age for men and women is currently increasing from age 65 (see below). 

  • from age 65 to 66 between December 2018 and October 2020
  • from age 66 to 67 between April 2026 and April 2028 and
  • from age 67 to 68 between April 2044 and April 2046

See the downloadable documents opposite for exact pension age.

Read Leaflet RM2 for more information about changes brought in from 6 April 2018.

Categories of State retirement pension

  • Category A is based on your NICs or, in respect of certain divorces and civil partnership dissolutions, on the NICs of your former spouse or civil partner.
  • Category B is payable to married women, civil partners, widows and widowers based on the NICs of their spouse or civil partner; and
  • Category D is a non-contributory pension payable to certain people who reached age 80 before 6 April 2016.

Basic qualifying condition for people reaching state pension age on or after 6 April 2016

To qualify for State retirement pension you must have paid, or be treated as having paid, in the Isle of Man:

  • at least 50 Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3 NICs before 6 April 1975; or
  • at least 50 Class 2 or Class 3 NICs or earned 50 times the lower earnings limit in any one tax year in the 3 years between 6 April 1975 and 5 April 1978 and paid Class 1 NICs on those earnings; or
  • 52 Class 2 or Class 3 NICs or earned 52 times the lower earnings limit in any one tax year from 6 April 1978 and paid Class 1 NICs on those earnings.

To qualify for a 100% Category A State retirement pension you need to have at least 30 qualifying years in the Isle of Man in your working life. 'Qualifying years' are those in which you have paid or been credited with enough NICS for State retirement pension purposes.

A reduced rate pension will be paid if you have less than 30 qualifying years but at least 1 qualifying year in your working life.

Different rules apply if you reached state pension age before 6 April 2016.

Pension amounts

State retirement pension consists of:

  • Basic Pension - based on the number of IOM qualifying years you have in your working life. You need at least 30 qualifying years for a full (100%) basic pension.
  • Additional Pension (AP) - based on your earnings since 6 April 1978, provided you were not contracted-out of SERPS (State Earnings Related Pension Scheme) or since April 2002 the State Second Pension (S2P).
  • Graduated Retirement Benefit - based on the NICs you paid between 6 April 1961 and 5 April 1975.

See Benefits Rates for more information about how much an eligible individual could receive.

Pension top-up

Pension top-up is paid to certain people who reach state pension age on or after 6 April 2016 who get both an IOM and a UK state pension because they paid or were credited with National Insurance contributions (NICs) (or are treated as such) in the IOM and the UK.

You can get a pension top-up if the total amount of IOM and UK state pensions you get added together, is less than the amount of IOM state pension you would have got if you had reached state pension age before 6 April 2016. In both cases ‘IOM state pension’ includes any Manx Pension Supplement. Read PTU2 - Pension top-up for more information.

Applying for State retirement pension

We will send a claim form (RP1) to the last address we have for you 4 months before you reach state pension age.

If you have not received a form from us 3 months before you reach State pension age, please get in touch with us.

Please complete and return the form to the Pensions Team as soon as possible, so that we have time to process your claim before you reach State pension age.

If you do not claim your State retirement pension within 12 months of reaching State pension age you will lose money.


Your State retirement pension can be paid every 4 weeks directly into your bank or building society account or you can collect it using a Micard in cash at a Post Office each week.

UK state pensions

If you have paid or been credited with NICs in the United Kingdom (or if you are treated as such) you will need to make a separate claim for your UK state pension.

Read Leaflet RM2 for more information. 

Get an IOM State Pension statement

To get a statement of how much IOM State Pension you could get, please email us at and ask for an application form.

Your State Pension statement is provided for your information only and is not financial advice.

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