Non-AE employee growth continues to outstrip AE worker build-up

The number of auto-enrolled employees increased by 13,000 to 10,387,000 in November, although this was again overshadowed by growth of non-enrolled workers, according to data from The Pensions Regulator (TPR).

TPR’s Automatic Enrolment (AE) Declaration of Compliance report showed that the number of non-enrolled workers had risen by 23,000 to 9,852,000 during the month.

The difference in figures is slightly smaller than in recent months, as October saw 14,000 new auto-enrolled employees and an increase of 28,000 workers not saving into an AE workplace scheme.

The number of employers who confirmed the completion of their declaration of compliance in November increased by 13,323 to 1,759,090.

This is the first deceleration since August, with the figure having grown by 15,273 in October and 13,996 in September.

The total number of workers at employers that had completed their declaration of compliance rose by 44,000 from 32,418,000 to 32,462,000, a slight slowdown from the jump of 48,000 observed in the previous month.

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

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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