Should you wish to retire, you need to inform the People and Culture Office at least 3 months before your planned retirement date to ensure the necessary actions are taken to pay your pension on time. The full retirement policy has further information. If you’re retired on grounds of ill health, your entitlement will be based on your pension scheme. To find out which pension scheme you’re in and for further details, you should refer to your contract of employment. If you need a copy of this, contact the People and Culture Office on 86500.

Stopping work entirely and drawing a pension when you retire is not the only option. Very often as colleagues move towards retirement they may think that a move to part-time or more flexible working would help with the transition; we will always be keen to listen to proposals. For more information about partial retirement, talk to your manager or contact the People and Culture Office on 86500.

Pre-retirement Development and Resources


Retirement may seem like a lifetime away for some, for others it may be within the next few years. Regardless of your age, you only get one chance to prepare for it. If you are thinking about retirement, it can be helpful to be prepared and take some time to think about your retirement options and the choices you'll need to make. Start by having a conversation with your line manager to identify some development options that will work for you and refer to the resources available in SP learning under My Career. These will then be considered as per any other request for learning and development in relation to you as well as the wider needs of the team and the Scottish Parliament.