Automatic enrolment

From 2012, all employers, starting with the largest employers first, must enrol their eligible workers into a workplace pension, if they are not already in one, if they:

  • are at least 22 years old
  • have not reached state pension age
  • earn more than a minimum amount a year; and
  • work, or ordinarily work, in the UK (under their contract)

The employer must make all the arrangements and the individual need do nothing to be put into the scheme. You will not be automatically enrolled into a pension scheme if:

  • you are not eligible; or
  • you are already in a workplace pension scheme that meets the Government's standards

If you are not eligible, you might have the right to opt into your employer's workplace pension scheme, and your employer might pay into it too. Your employer must enrol you into a qualifying scheme.

The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is a qualifying scheme. If you have any queries about being automatically enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme, please contact your employer.