Thinking of joining

How to join

If you work for one of our larger employers, you will join automatically when you begin your job. If you are employed by a town or parish council, or an admitted body you may be able to join if your employer nominates you for the scheme.

You can join:

  • any time up to your 75th birthday if you are working for an employer who contributes to the Devon or Somerset pension funds
  • if you have a contract of three months or more (you will be automatically enrolled)
  • whether you are full or part-time, permanent or temporary
  • if your contract is for less than three months (you do have the option to join the scheme but will not be enrolled automatically).

If you wish to join, please fill in the Opt-in form and return it to your employer’s payroll team. You can also get this form from your employer’s payroll department. You are free to opt-out at any time using the Opt-out form.

New members

As a new member, or even if you are just moving between employers within the scheme, we need to know about any previous pensions you have had. We will send you a Statutory Notification once your employer has told us you have started working for them. Please fill in this form and send it back as soon as possible. This is also the best time to ask about transferring other pension rights into the scheme, as there are time limits.