Increase in AE workers slows in December

The number of workers being auto-enrolled in workplace pension schemes slowed in December, according to the latest figures from The Pensions Regulator (TPR).

Its monthly Automatic enrolment declaration of compliance report revealed that auto-enrolled employees rose by 11,000 in the last month of 2019, down from increases of 17,000 in November and 19,000 in October.

The number of eligible jobholders automatically enrolled into an occupational pension scheme stood at 10,214,000 at the end of December.

However, the rise in auto-enrolled employees was outpaced by a 16,000 increase in the number of workers not enrolled in a workplace pension scheme, which climbed to 9,596,000.

The figures are compiled from information submitted by employers when they complete their declaration of compliance with auto-enrolment.

TPR said the figure for automatically enrolled 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.

The number of employers to confirm they have met their duties by completing their declaration of compliance rose by 9,337 to 1,609,947 during the period, down from a 16,986 increase in November.

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