A workplace pension
Set up by your employer
There are three types of pensions
A State Pension
Provided by the Government
A private pension
Set up by you rather than your employer
Four benefits of saving into your USS pension
It's a tax-efficient way of saving
When you build a pension, your contributions are taken from your pay before tax. This means you only pay tax on the salary you take home, which doesn’t include your pension contributions. So you’re getting tax relief on what you pay in.
Watch our short video for an Overview of Pension Tax.
It's a flexible way to save
You’ll get a guaranteed income with the Retirement Income Builder and a flexible savings pot with the Investment Builder (if you earn above the salary threshold, choose to pay additional contributions or transfer other pension savings in). It’s your opportunity to increase your income from the state pension.
Visit how your pension works for more on the two parts of USS.
Your employer contributes too
On top of your monthly contribution of 6.1% of your salary, your employer pays in 14.5% each month. Their contributions help to fund the benefits you’ll get at retirement.
And if you earn over the salary threshold, you and your employer will save into the Investment Builder too.
Choose how and where to invest
With the Investment Builder, you can either let our team of investment experts make the investment decisions for you, or you can take control and make your own investment choices.
This means you can tailor how your savings pot is invested based on your risk tolerance, or maybe even your ethical or religious beliefs.