How is a "qualifying year" for the purposes of a UK pension defined? Is it a number of weeks of NIC contributions or is it the annual amount of NICs paid that matters?
UK National Insurance contributions are calculated weekly, with a Lower Earnings Limit (LEL) set at £116 (see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rates-and-allowances-national-insurance-contributions/rates-and-allowances-national-insurance-contributions).
It is clear that if I have an income of at least £116 a week throughout the year, I will qualify.
But what if my income is not even throughout the year? Is it enough to exceed the annual total of 116 x 52 = £6,032?
Suppose I am paid £500 a week for 13 weeks, but work abroad for the rest of the year. In this case, my UK income is £6,500 and I will have paid 13 weeks of NICs.
Will this year be a qualifying year in my NIC contribution record?