Being joined automatically from EE

Joining the BTRSS

You’ll be automatically joined to the BTRSS, provided by Standard Life Assurance Limited, if you:

  • are a member of the EE Pension Scheme on the day before your transfer to BT

Or you can answer yes to these questions.

  • Are you aged between 22 and state pension age? For someone retiring today, state pension age is already over 66, and it's due to rise even higher in the future.
  • Are you transferring to work for BT in the UK and earn over £10,000?
  • Do you usually work in the UK?

That means you’ll start to benefit from extra payments from BT and valuable tax benefits from the Government - so it’s not just you putting money towards your retirement.

Laws and tax rules may change in the future. The information here is based on our understanding in April 2021. Your own circumstances also have an impact on tax treatment..

Your payment

BT Payment

Total payment

Additional tax benefits for you

What do you have to do?

1. Decide how much to pay

If you were a former member of the EE Pension Scheme on the day before your employment transferrred to BT from EE you’ll begin by making payments to the BTRSS at the rate you were paying to the EE Pension Scheme.

If you weren’t a member of the EE Pension Scheme, and you are automatically enrolled into the BTRSS, you’ll start by paying the minimum amount shown in the first table entitled "Former EE Pension Scheme members".

You can stick with paying the minimum, but you should think about whether paying just the minimum will get you the lifestyle you want when you stop working. Remember, if you pay more, BT pays more too – so paying a small amount more than the minimum now could have a big impact on your future. Once your first contribution has been received and invested, you will be able to increase the level of your contributions, if you choose to.

Former EE Pension Scheme members

You pay BT's contribution Total into pension
4% 6% 10%
5% 7% 12%
6% 8% 14%
7% 9% 16%

Former T Mobile DB members only

Age You pay BT's contribution Total into pension
16-35 4% 6% 10%
36-45 4% 8% 12%
46-54 4% 10% 14%
55+ 4% 12% 16%

You may have elected to pay 0% from 1 July 2019 and if you did, this can stay in place until 30 June 2024. You can start to pay 4% at any time, but the opportunity to pay 0% is no longer available. Your age will be assessed each April to determine the rate of BT’s contributions.

Former Orange DC members only

Age You pay BT's contribution Total into pension
16-35 4% 6% 10%
36-45 4% 8% 12%
46-54 4% 10% 14%
55+ 4% 12% 16%

Pensionable pay includes basic pay and where applicable, overtime and commission. Your age will be assessed each April to determine the rate of BT’s contributions.

2. Choose where you want your money to be invested

The Passive Plus III Universal Strategic Lifestyle Profile has been set as the low-involvement option for the scheme by Standard Life following consultation with BT. It is believed to be an appropriate option for most members’ pension plan investments. Unless you decide to move your money into another investment, this is where it will remain invested.

This investment option is a lifestyle profile, which means that as you get closer to retirement, it will gradually and automatically move your money into funds which aim to prepare your pension for retirement.

If you think this is the right choice for you, then you don't have to do anything - your money will stay invested in this investment option until you retire. But if you don't think it's the right choice, you can choose from the core fund range or the full fund range instead.

Find out more about all your investment options

3. Make sure staying in the BTRSS is right for you

Once you become a member you have a month to decide if you want to stay in the BTRSS or opt out.

It’s important to think carefully before opting out, as it would mean you’d lose out on extra payments from BT, as well as tax benefits from HMRC.

Find out more about how opting out could affect you

Remember, your pension is normally a long term investment and you usually can't withdraw money until the age of 55 (may be subject to change). As with any investment, the value can go down as well as up and may be worth less than what was paid in.

Important documents

To help you make an informed decision we've provided you with important information that you should read. You should print or save copies of these documents for future reference.

This is where you will find specific details about BT’s company pension.

Plan summary document for BT employees (PDF, 81KB)

This document explains the features of the pension product your employer has chosen.

Key features document (PDF, 288KB)

This document provides you with more information on how you can take money from your pension flexibly. For more information on the other options available please see the key features document above.

How Drawdown Works (PDF, 211KB)

Read this guide for more information on choosing your investment options if you decide to take money from your pension flexibly.

Choosing investment options for a flexible income (PDF, 119KB)

This document gives you an illustration of what your pension could be worth for BT employees. It may not take into account rebates that may apply to your policy. You can find more information about the charges and rebates on the charges page.

Key features illustration for BT employees (PDF, 114KB)

Read this guide for more information on your investment options, including details about charges and fund codes.

How to choose the right investment options for your pension (PDF, 837KB)

Use this form to instruct Standard Life on payment of death benefits from the BTRSS.

Instruction for payment of death benefits (PDF, 77KB)

Read this guide, provided by BT, for more information about how SMART Pensions work. Standard Life is not responsible for the content of this guide.

SMART Pensions (PDF, 332KB)