AE worker growth continues to be outpaced by non-AE employee increases

Growth in the number of auto-enrolled (AE) employees continued to be outpaced by growth in non-enrolled workers in October, according to data from The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR's) Automatic enrolment declaration of compliance report.

The report showed that whilst a further 14,000 employees were enrolled in October, with a total of 10,374,000 people now auto-enrolled, there was an additional 28,000 workers who were eligible but not saving into a workplace scheme.

This is the second consecutive month where increases in the number of non-enrolled workers have outpaced auto-enrolment levels, with an increase of 25,000 workers who were eligible but not saving into a workplace pension recorded in September.

Furthermore, whilst the growth of AE workers in October has increased compared to September and August, these months represented a slow down in the growth of AE workers.

The rise seen in October is also lower than increases seen earlier this year, with an increase of 23,000 workers recorded in July.

A total of 1,745,767 employers confirmed the completion of their declaration of compliance in October, an increase of 15,273.

This continues the trend of accelerating growth in the number of employers confirming their declaration seen over the past few months, with an increase of 13,996 seen in September and 10,771 in August.

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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