Contribution increases for automatic enrolment schemes

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The employer minimum and total minimum contribution rate for members of alternative pension schemes (ie those who are not eligible to join the NHS Pension Scheme) have increased from Saturday 6 April 2019.

You will need to check the contributions you and your staff are making. Minimum contribution rates for these schemes have risen to a total of 8 per cent. 

These increases do not apply to members of the NHS Pension Scheme.

What are the increases?

This table below shows the minimum contributions you must pay and the date when they must increase.

 Date Employer minimum contribution  Staff contribution Total minimum contribution
New rate: 6 April 2019 onwards  3 per cent 5 per cent  8 per cent
Current rate: 6 April 2018 to 5 April 2019  2 per cent 3 per cent  5 per cent

You must pay the new minimum employer contribution. There is no action for you to take if you are already paying above the new employer minimum contribution.

If you are already paying the new total minimum contribution, your staff will not need to make a contribution. If you are not, they will need to make up the difference between the new employer minimum contribution and the new total minimum contribution, unless you decide to match the new total minimum contribution.

Further information is available here.

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