Pension Update for PAYE workers

Minimum contribution increases planned by law (phasing)

To comply with the Government Legislation under automatic enrolment, we are required to increase the minimum pension contributions from April 2019.

Then minimum contributions you must pay from 6th April 2019 will 5% (current contribution is 3%).

Our payroll system will automatically calculate the new deduction from 6th April 2019 onwards.

Please find further information about the increase below and on this link:

If you have any question regarding this increase please feel free to contact your consultant at Boyce.

Increases in minimum contributions for automatic enrolment pensions.

Beginning on 6 April 2019, employers are required to increase the percentage of their contributions into their automatic enrolment pension and employee will have to make up whatever shortfall remains of the new total minimum contribution.

The employer contribution levels rise to a minimum of 3% towards the pension with the total minimum contribution reaching 8% – the employee will make up the rest.

Both the employer and employee can choose to contribute greater amounts to the pension if they wish.

If the employer contributes more than their required minimum amount – but less than the total minimum amount – then the employee only needs to make up the shortfall between the total minimum and the employer contribution.

The table below demonstrates the phases of contribution increases, with the employer paying only their minimum, and the staff contribution shown in brackets (the difference between the total minimum and the employer minimum):

Date effective Employer minimum contribution Staff contribution Total minimum contribution
6 April 2018 to 5 April 2019 2% 3% 5%
6 April 2019 onwards 3% 5% 8%


by Boyce Recruitment on February 12, 2019

posted on Temporary/ Freelance recruitment,