Absent from Work
During a period of paid maternity, paternity or adoption leave, you would pay contributions on whatever rate of pay you receive. However, if a period of additional maternity or adoption leave is unpaid, you will have the option to pay contributions on the rate you were receiving immediately before pay ceased, in order to count that period as pensionable service.
If you have an unpaid period of absence for other reasons, you have the option to pay contributions based on the pay you would have received but for the absence, so that the period can count as pensionable service.
For an unpaid period of absence for other reasons, you would be required to pay both the employee's and employer's contribution. (At their discretion, the Fire & Rescue Service (FRS) may agree to pay the employer's contribution for you).