Hazel Clarke or David Knight
Pensions Analysis Unit
Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455633
Frequency of release: Annually
Geographical coverage: UK
Geographical breakdown: UK
Survey name(s): Occupational Pension Scheme Survey (OPSS)
In 2011, total membership of occupational pension schemes in the UK was estimated to be 27.2 million, the same as in 2010. Of the total in 2011, 13.0 million were in public sector schemes and 14.2 million were in private sector schemes.
In 2011, there were an estimated 8.2 million active members of occupational pension schemes: 5.3 million in public sector schemes and 2.9 million in private sector schemes.
In 2011, for defined benefit schemes in the private sector, the average contribution rate was 4.9 per cent for members and 14.2 per cent for employers.
For defined contribution schemes in the private sector, the average contribution rate was 2.8 per cent for members and 6.6 per cent for employers.
The annual report of the OPSS provides a detailed view of the nature of occupational pension provision in the UK, including estimates of pension scheme membership and contributions. A statistical bulletin has also been published alongside the annual report.
These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.