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Automatic Enrolment

Why is it happening?

Automatic enrolment was rolled out, in stages, across all employers from October 2012, starting with the larger employers.

Encouraging workers to build up retirement savings

It has long been recognised that most people are not saving enough for retirement and, as a result may not be able to afford to live comfortably in their retirement on just the State Pension. As people are also living longer, there is increasing strain on the State benefits system, so private pension provision is becoming increasingly important.

To encourage workers to start building up retirement benefits, the Government introduced pension reforms through the Pensions Act 2008 that requires all employers to offer workplace pension schemes and to enrol eligible workers into their schemes. These reforms have become known as automatic enrolment.

The reforms recognise that not all workers are eligible for automatic enrolment and that others, such as the self-employed, do not qualify. Provision has been made to allow those who fall outside of automatic enrolment to also join pension schemes and start building retirement benefits.

Automatic enrolment has been designed so that eligible workers who want to build up retirement savings don’t have to take any action themselves – employers will automatically enrol eligible workers into a workplace pension scheme and deduct any contributions that the member is required to pay from their wages or salary, and then pay into the pension scheme on their behalf.

Frequently asked...

Why haven’t I been enrolled into my employer’s workplace pension scheme?

Automatic enrolment was rolled out in stages and completed by February 2018. If you are an eligible worker you should have been automatically enrolled in your employer’s workplace pension scheme.  If this hasn't happened, speak to your employer for further details.  If you still have concerns, talk to us.

Where can I find out more?

If you need more information, please contact us. A pension specialist from our team will be happy to help with whatever pensions-related question you have. Our help is always free.

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