Statutory earnings-related pension contributions

In Finland, earnings-related pensions are financed mainly with insurance contributions paid by employers, employees and the self-employed.

Contribution rates for earnings-related pensions in 2018

 Contribution accrual Employees/Self-employed persons’ contribution share, %
   % of gross wages  under 53; 63 and above  53-62 years 
Private sector wage earners / Employees Pensions Act (TyEL)  24.4   6.35   7.85
Seafarers/Seafarer’s Pensions Act (MEL)  20.0 6.35 7.85
Keva’s member organisations/Public Sector Pensions Act (JuEL) 28.35 6.35 7.85
State/Public Sector Pensions Act  (JuEL)  23.76   6.35   7.85
Evangelical-Lutheran Church/Public Sector Pensions Act 28.89 6.35 7.85
The self-employed/The Self-employed Persons’ Pensions Act (YEL)  23.0  24.1  25.6
Farmers and grant recipients/Farmers’ Pensions Act (MYEL)  13.8/13.6  24.1  25.6

For more detailed information on the various earnings-related pension insurance contributions, go to Contributions.

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Statutory earnings-related pension contributions charged from the employee’s wage are paid by employers and employees in both the private and public sectors. The earnings-related pension contribution withheld from the employee is the same under all pension acts and depends on the age of the employee. The self-employed and farmers pay an earnings-related pension contribution according to their insured earnings from work.

Pension assets collected through contributions paid in previous years and their investment return are used to finance the pensions in payment each year. In addition, the contribution paid by the Unemployment Insurance Fund also contributes to the pensions in payment. The State covers parts of the pensions that accrue under certain pension acts.

Paying contributions and defining the contribution rate

Employers report the earnings of their employees to the pension providers, disbursing both the employer and employee share of the contribution. The self-employed and farmers pay their pension contributions straight to their own pension provider.

The basis for pension contributions and the confirmed contribution rates vary by pension act. The contribution rates are prepared and confirmed according to praxis set out in each separate pension act. The exact amount of the collected pension contributions for each year is evident only later, once the employers report their realised contribution and wage sums.

Contribution rates for the self-employed and farmers  are confirmed in advance and tied to the average contribution under the Employees Pensions Act. In the municipal sector and for the State, the pension contribution rates also follow the average contribution rates under the Employees Pensions Act, taking into account the specific features of the public sector. Such features include former higher pension accrual rates and, for some public sector employees, lower retirement ages.

National pensions are financed with tax revenues.

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