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Pensions – Automatic Enrolment

Auto enrolment places new duties on employers to automatically enrol ‘workers’ into a work based pension scheme. Employers are required to automatically enrol all ‘eligible jobholders’ into a qualifying pension scheme and pay pension contributions on their behalf.

Phasing in of contributions

 Employer minimum contribution  Total minimum contribution
Employer’s staging date to 5 April 2018  1%  2%
6 April 2018 to 5 April 2019  2%  5%
6 April 2019 onwards  3%  8%

Where the employer does not make the total minimum contribution the employee is obliged to pay the balance

 Automatic enrolment earnings trigger £10,000
Qualifying earnings band – lower limit £6,032
Qualifying earnings band – upper limit  £46,350



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