Non-enrolled worker growth outpaces AE worker growth for sixth consecutive month

Growth in the number of auto-enrolled (AE) employees was outpaced by growth in non-enrolled workers for the sixth consecutive month in January, according to data from The Pensions Regulator (TPR).

TPR's Automatic enrolment declaration of compliance report showed that the number of AE employees increased by 14,000 to 10,418,000 in January 2021, whilst the number of unenrolled employees increased by 25,000 to 9,901,000.

This marks the sixth consecutive month where increases in the number of non-enrolled workers have outpaced auto-enrolment levels, with an increase of 24,000 recorded in December, and a further 23,000 in November.

However, the period also saw the number of eligible employers increase by 53,000 to 32,569,000.

This was alongside a 18,388 increase in the number of employers confirming the completion of their declaration of compliance, up to 1,791,786.

The figures are 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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