Unpaid leave does not count for pension purposes in the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority scheme.
However, you can if you wish apply to pay both the employer and employee percentage contributions which apply during the time you are on unpaid leave. Members are normally expected to submit an application to pay these contributions prior to the period of unpaid leave. If you submit an application prior to the period of unpaid leave contributions will be based on your notional rate of pay during your absence and will therefore increase accordingly. In these circumstances contributions will be collected during the period of unpaid leave. You should be aware that if you submit an application immediately on return from unpaid leave the contributions will be based on your salary at the time the contributions are actually paid.
If you work part-time hours, the number of hours worked immediately prior to the period of unpaid leave will be used for calculating the amount of contributions to be paid.
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