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Summary for Pension Trends Chapter 8 - Pension contributions, 2013 edition

Released: 16 July 2013 Download PDF

Proportion of employee members of public sector occupational pension schemes: by employee contribution rates, 2011 and 2012

United Kingdom, percentages

Proportion of employee members of public sector occupational pension schemes: by employee contribution rates, 2011 and 2012
Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) - Office for National Statistics

Notes:

  1. Pension is arranged through an employer. Main pension only.
  2. The public sector is classified using the legal status from the Inter-Departmental Business Register and includes Lloyds Banking Group, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and HBOS plc.

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Between 2011 and 2012, many public sector pension schemes made changes to their employee contribution rates as a result of recommendations outlined in the 2011 report of the Independent Public Service Pensions Commission chaired by Lord Hutton of Furness.

In general, as seen in the chart, these changes have led to increased contribution rates. Many schemes have introduced, or were already using, tiered structures where the contribution rate is determined by the employee’s earnings band.

In 2011, 47% of employees were paying contribution rates in the ‘6 to under 7%’ band, with 11% paying ‘7% and over’. Employee contribution rates increased in 2012, with 21% paying contributions in the ‘6 to under 7%’ band and 37% paying ‘7% and over’.

This extract is taken from the 2013 edition of Pension Trends Chapter 8: Pension Contributions

Source: Office for National Statistics

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Further information

Pension Trends Chapter 8: Pension Contributions, 2013 edition - This chapter looks at contributions to private (non-state) pensions using data from the Occupational Pension Schemes Survey, the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings and from HM Revenue and Customs.
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings Pension Tables - Data on types of workplace pension arrangements for UK employees by age, industry, public/private sector, occupation and size of company.


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