Workplace pension law

The law now obliges every workplace to offer a workplace pension scheme that fulfils certain criteria, and to make contributions to the pension plans of employees who are paying into the scheme.

Pension Auto Enrolment

The law on workplace pensions has changed. Under the Pensions Act 2008, workplace pensions have become ‘opt-out’ rather than ‘opt-in’, which means most employees are automatically enrolled into a pension provided by their employer. The law also requires employers to pay into their employees’ pension schemes.

The law has been brought into force gradually, beginning with big employers before rolling out to smaller workplaces. As of early 2018, Auto Enrolment rules now apply to all employers in the UK.

Who does the workplace pension law apply to?

Generally, if you’re a UK-based employee aged between 22 and State Pension age and you earn at least £10,000 per year, you will be automatically enrolled into your workplace pension scheme.

How much do employers and employees need to contribute?

Currently, the minimum employee contribution into an Auto Enrolment pension scheme is 5% of your annual ‘qualifying earnings’, which includes tax relief of 1%. The law also requires your employer to pay at least 3%.

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Last edited: 12-08-2021

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