Paying National Insurance

You pay National Insurance contributions if you are an employee or self-employed and are aged 16 and over, providing your earnings are more than a certain level.

National Insurance contributions build up your entitlement to certain social security benefits, including the State Pension.

You stop paying National Insurance contributions at State Retirement age (65 for men and for women will gradually increase to 65 over the period 2010 to 2020)

National Insurance number

Residents working in the UK should have a National Insurance number.

They are issued automatically to UK nationals at age 16 years. Non-UK nationals need to apply for one.

Apply through either JobLink (for student casuals) or Human Support services in Wessex House 3.22, who operate a postal fast path service for employee.

Alternatively, apply at your local Job Centre Plus office

Age Exception Certificate

If you stay in employment after State Pension age you can apply to the HMRC for an Age Exception Certificate so that you don't pay NICs.

Give this to us to action or provide us with a copy of your birth certificate or passport as evidence that you have reached State Pension age.