Increase in non-enrolled workers more than double AE worker growth in January

Growth in the number of workers not auto-enrolled (AE) into a pension was more than double that seen amongst AE workers in January 2022, according to figures from The Pensions Regulator (TPR).

TPR’s latest Automatic enrolment declaration of compliance report revealed that the number of auto-enrolled workers had grown by 20,000 to 10,635,000, while non-enrolled workers increased by 46,000 to 10,338,000.

This represents the 18th consecutive month that non-enrolled worker growth has outpaced auto-enrolled worker growth, with the gap between the two groups narrowing from 577,000 to 297,000 during this time.

The number of workers who were already active members of a qualifying scheme totalled 11,915,000, while 961,000 were automatically re-enrolled during January.

Last month also saw the number of employers confirming the completion of their declaration of compliance rise by 18,089 to 1,967,318.

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

TPR said the figure for auto-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.

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