What is auto-enrolment?

Automatic enrolment is a government plan to ensure more people pay into pension funds, thereby improving their incomes during retirement. Since October 2017, all employers are required to operate a workplace pension scheme for staff who pass the entitlement criteria. This is mandatory for staff who are: 

  • Not already in a qualifying workplace scheme
  • Are aged between 22 and State Pension age
  • Work in the UK
  • Earn over £10,000 a year (this amount is regularly reviewed by the government) 

Staff who meet the following criteria may opt-in to their employer's scheme: 

  • Are aged between 16 and 21 or between State Pension age and 74, and earn £10,000* or more
  • Are aged between 16 and 74 and earn between £6,032* and £10,000* 

Both employee and employer must pay a minimum amount into an auto-enrolment pension.

For more information, click here to view our guide.

*This information is correct for the tax year 2018/19. 

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