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The minimum contributions employer and your employee pay into your automatic enrolment workplace pension scheme will increase from 6 April 2019. This is also sometimes known as phasing.

All employers with staff in a pension scheme for automatic enrolment must take action to make sure at least the minimum amounts are being paid into their pension scheme. This applies to you whether you set up a pension scheme for automatic enrolment or you decided to use an existing scheme.

What are the increases?

This table below shows the minimum contributions 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% 5% 8%
Current rate: 6 April 2018 to 5 April 2019 2% 3% 5%

By law a total minimum amount of contributions must be paid into the scheme. The employer must make at least the minimum employer contribution towards this amount and employee must make up the difference.

The amount employer and employee pay into your pension scheme will vary depending on the type of scheme and the rules of that scheme. Employee contribution may also vary depending on the type of tax relief applied by the scheme. Employees can find this information in the scheme documents sent to you when you set up the pension scheme or you can speak to your pension provider.

Most employers use pension schemes that from April 2019 will require a total minimum of 8% contribution to be paid. The calculation for this type of scheme is based on a specific range of earnings. For the 2018/19 tax year this range is between £6,032 and £46,350 a year (£503 and £3,863 a month, or £116 and £892 a week). These figures are reviewed each year by the government.

When calculating contributions for this type of scheme you include the following:

  • Salary
  • Wages
  • Commission
  • Bonuses
  • Overtime
  • Statutory sick pay
  • Statutory maternity pay
  • Ordinary or additional statutory paternity pay
  • Statutory adoption pay

 

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