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Contribution periods


Contribution periods are:

  • Periods of paid employment in which you are required to make statutory contributions towards your pension insurance.
  • Periods of family hospice leave care.
  • Periods in which you pay voluntary contributions (i.e. insurance cover continuation, voluntary insurance, voluntary insurance during periods of caring for a disabled child or low-paid employment, voluntary insurance during periods of caring for close relatives, subsequent acquirement of pension periods for schooling/study and training periods).
  • Periods in which you are in employment but are released from the obligation to pay statutory contributions (e.g. employment as a civil servant/public sector employee). A transfer amount (Überweisungsbetrag) a must be paid to the pension insurance provider for this period when you leave this employment.

Periods which are treated as contribution periods although you paid no contributions during these periods.
  • Periods in which you are in receipt of childcare benefits. These will be treated as contribution months for a maximum of 24 calendar months per child, calculated from the date of birth of the child.
  • Periods in which you are in receipt of maternity benefits and childcare benefits (to a maximum of 60 calendar months). These periods will be used solely for the purpose of determining whether you have sufficient insurance months to entitle you to payment of pension benefits prior to your authorised pensionable age under the so-called “Hackler rules”.
  • Periods of national service or community service (up to a maximum of 30 calendar months). These periods will be used solely for the purpose of determining whether you have sufficient insurance months to entitle you to payment of pension benefits prior to your authorised pensionable age (also whether you have an entitlement under the so-called “Hackler rules”).
  • Periods in which you are in receipt of sickness benefit. These periods will be used solely for the purpose of determining whether you have sufficient insurance months to entitle you to payment of pension benefits prior to your authorised pensionable age under the so-called “Hackler rules”.
  • Substitute working periods (Ausübungsersatzzeiten; i.e. periods prior to the introduction of statutory insurance cover for self-employed persons and farmers). These periods will be used solely for the purpose of determining whether you have sufficient insurance months to entitle you to payment of pension benefits prior to your authorised pensionable age under the so-called “Hackler rules”.