The types of workplace pension scheme your employer can offer
A workplace pension scheme must meet certain minimum standards before an employer can automatically enrol workers.
What types of workplace pension scheme can my employer offer me?
A workplace pension scheme must be a qualifying pension scheme to meet the requirements of automatic enrolment. It must also meet the minimum levels of contributions or allow benefits to build up at least at a minimum rate.
Employers have a number of different options available to them when selecting a suitable qualifying workplace pension scheme. They can:
- use an existing workplace pension scheme, if it qualifies; existing members may notice no difference in the way that the scheme operates;
- amend an existing workplace pension scheme to meet the qualifying criteria; employers with existing pension schemes that do not meet the minimum qualifying criteria may decide to amend the scheme so that it qualifies;
- set up a new pension scheme which meets the qualifying criteria; and/or
- use NEST (the National Employment Savings Trust), a new scheme that is available to any employer to use for some or all of their staff; or
- use a combination of these options for different areas of their workforce.
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.