Normal pension ages for major public
sector occupational pension schemes, 2008
United Kingdom Age
Closed group New members
Armed Forces1 55 65
Firefighters1 55 60
Civil Service 60 65
Teachers 60 65
Local Government3 65 65
1 Members of the Armed Forces, the police and firefighters with sufficient service,
can retire earlier (see Chapter 4).
2 A small group of National Health Service (NHS) staff (now closed to new entrants)
has the right to retire at 55.
3 Under the old scheme, some employees still had the right to retire from 60 if they had
attained sufficient length of service under Rule of 85 terms.
Source: Research by ONS analysts
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