Online Pension Employee Self Service

Online Pension Employee Self Service

ESS Explained

Online Pension Employee Self Service

Pension records are now available to pension scheme members other than SPS members (new to Public Sector from 1 Jan 2013) through the Employee Self Service (ESS) system. The addition of this service further enhances the services already available via ESS which include Online Payslips, eRecruitment and Core Time.  

Pensionable staff members other than SPS members (new to Public Sector from 1 Jan 2013) no longer receive printed annual pension statements.

*SPS members will continue to receive statements (on request) pending development of ESS for the SPS scheme.

The online pension record will provide you with:

  • Freedom of access to view your pensionable salary and pensionable service which includes transfers in from previous pension schemes and notional service purchase
  • A snap shot of your normal retirement benefits
  • Links to the Pension Scheme Explanatory Booklet & FAQ’s
  • Pensions Calculator*
  • allow you to access your pension information 24 hours a day
  • help make efficiencies in processing and printing, reducing our carbon footprint
  • make checking your pension details more flexible
  • Enable us to provide pension details more securely

*The Pensions Calculator allows you to model “what if” scenarios by selecting different retirement options, ages at retirement, changing work patterns or your predicted salary at retirement.  These selections will feed into calculations of your pension, retirement gratuity and benefits payable to your dependants. 

This new service will provide you with real time pension calculations at the touch of a button.  It will therefore not be necessary to issue hard copy annual pension benefit statements to all pension scheme members.  The efficiencies derived from this project will generate significant cost savings for NUI Galway and improve accuracy of pension information.

Hard copy pension statements will continue to be issued from the Pensions Office for actual retirements, Family Law cases and final statements on leaving NUI Galway.

Frequently Asked Questions are available at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/pensions-and-investments/faqs/

 All queries should be emailed to: pensions@nuigalway.ie with your personnel number and request details.

ESS User Guide

Clink on the link below for the NUI Galway Pension Self Service User Guide

NUIG Pension Self Service User Guide

ESS Pension Scheme Info

There are three Defined Benefits Schemes in operation at NUI Galway:

1.      National University of Ireland, Galway (Closed) Pension Scheme 2010 (Joint Pension Scheme) – this applies to staff that commenced employment at NUI Galway on or before 31 Dec 2004.

2.      National University of Ireland, Galway, Pension Scheme 2005 (Model Scheme) – this applies to staff that commenced employment at NUI Galway on or after 1 January 2005 and before 31 December 2012. It also applies to staff members transferring from another public body who were members of an existing public body pension scheme (i.e. other than the SPS) provided the break between employments is less than 26 weeks.

3.      Single Public Service Scheme (SPS - Commonly referred to as Career Average Scheme) - this applies to staff that commenced employment for the first time in the public sector on or after 1 January 2013.

Information regarding each scheme is available at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/pensions-and-investments/pensionschemes/

 If you are unsure which scheme you are a member of please email pensions@nuigalway.ie with your personnel number and request details.