Pensions Analysis Unit
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Frequency of release: Ad-hoc
Geographical coverage: UK
Geographical breakdown: UK
In 2011, for those who were active members of occupational pension schemes, membership was higher in the public sector (65%) than in the private sector (35%). Most active members of Defined Benefit (DB) pension schemes in 2011 (56%) were in schemes that were closed to new members.
The proportion of employees who belong to Defined Benefit (DB) occupational pension schemes has fallen from 46% in 1997 to 28% in 2012.
The average contribution rates for Defined Benefit (DB) occupational pension schemes for both employees (4.9%) and employers (14.2%) were higher than those for Defined Contribution (DC) pensions. For DC schemes, employees and employers contributed an average of 2.8% and 6.6% respectively.
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