AE worker increase outstripped by non-enrolled workers for fifth consecutive month

Growth in the number of auto-enrolled (AE) employees was once again outpaced by growth in non-enrolled workers in December, according to data from The Pensions Regulator (TPR).

The regulator’s Automatic enrolment declaration of compliance report showed that the number of AE employees increased by 17,000 to 10,404,000 during the final month of 2020, while the number of unenrolled employees increased by 24,000 to 9,876,000.

The period saw the number of eligible employees increase by 54,000 to 32,516,000.

Growth in the number of AE employees has now been outstripped by increases in non-enrolled workers every month since August 2020..

However, the December jump of 17,000 in the number of AE workers was the largest monthly increase recorded since July.

The number of employers to have completed their declaration of compliance climbed by just over 14,000 to 1,773,398 in December.

Employers have up to five months from their duties start date to provide the regulator with information on AE, leading to the figures being compiled from information submitted by employers when they complete their declaration of compliance with AE.

TPR said the figure for AE jobholders was likely to be higher than that shown in the report, as some employers will have reached their duties start date and automatically enrolled their eligible employees without having completed their declaration.

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