Pensions auto-enrolment


Between October 2012 and April 2017 all employers with UK-based staff will need to automatically enrol all eligible (between age 22 and state pension age, earning above a set minimum) employees into a workplace pension scheme. Each employer has a set staging date by when to do this based on their payroll size. There are compulsory pension contributions from both employers and employees. These will be introduced gradually on a sliding scale until reaching the maximum contribution levels in 2018 of 3% for employers and 4% for employees plus a 1% in tax breaks.

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92% view the introduction of auto-enrolment positively

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 | By Marianne Calnan

Hargreaves Lansdown research: 30% are aware of their retirement options.


66% are saving adequately for retirement

Wed, 9 Sep 2015 | By Louise Fordham

Scottish Widows research: Up from 53% at large firms in 2013.


20% would save more than auto-enrolment default

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 | By Louise Fordham

Aegon research: But 6% say 5% is unaffordable.

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Nest appoints new chief executive officer

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 | By Louise Fordham

Helen Dean will take up the role this autumn.

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Tim Middleton: Re-enrolment gives employers opportunity for scheme review

Thu, 9 Jul 2015

What opportunities does pensions auto-re-enrolment bring employers?

Clare Bettelley

Clare Bettelley: Pensions re-enrolment is a great time to re-engage staff

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 | By Clare Bettelley

Employers should also review pensions provider. 

Debi O'Donovan 2014

Top discussion on LinkedIn

Thu, 29 May 2014 | By Employee Benefits

Why are some large employers re-doing auto-enrolment?


Nigel Bolton: How will the auto-enrolment 'capacity crunch' affect medium to large employers?

Wed, 30 Apr 2014

Consultants and advisers concerned about ability to service

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What opportunities does pensions auto-re-enrolment bring employers?

Thu, 9 Jul 2015 | By Tynan Barton

Pensions auto-re-enrolment gives employers the chance to review their benefits offering.

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How to manage employee-benefits-related risk

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 | By Tynan Barton

Employee benefits can create risks for an organisation. 

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Welcome Break plans for smooth pensions re-enrolment

Thu, 9 Jul 2015 | By Tynan Barton

What opportunities does this bring employers?

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Towry looks to effective providers for benefits

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 | By Nick Martindale

But employers have no way of knowing how good a supplier is ahead of time.

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Auto enrolment opt-out rates remain low among new recruits

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 | By Robert Crawford

Towers Watson research: The average in FTSE 350 firms is 6%.


Pension reforms increase retirement engagement

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 | By Robert Crawford

Nest research: 34% will think about retirement sooner.

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31% have not heard of pension charge cap

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 | By Robert Crawford

Close Brothers research: 30% are aware but await revised plan terms.

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Auto-enrolment compliance figures…

Jelf Employee Benefits Wed, 5 Aug 2015

At the end of July, the Pensions Regulator issued its quarterly update on AE compliance by UK employers.

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Are auto-enrolment pension contributions set to go up?

Jelf Employee Benefits Wed, 10 Jun 2015

Time will tell if and when the new government look to progress this issue further.

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Research reveals surprising support for increases to AE contributions levels

Jelf Employee Benefits Wed, 10 Jun 2015

One area that will be high on the new minister for pensions’ to-do list will be the review of auto-enrolment.

Iain Chadwick

Johnson Fleming launches dedicated auto-enrolment services for SMEs

Johnson Fleming Fri, 24 Apr 2015

These solutions have been designed to ease the burden, risk and cost associated with auto-enrolment.


Technical changes to automatic enrolment

Jelf Employee Benefits Mon, 13 Apr 2015

The DWP published its Technical Changes to Automatic Enrolment document last month.


Auto-enrolment: The journey so far and the challenges ahead video

Tue, 11 Aug 2015

This video is presented by David Roderick, development director at Johnson Fleming.