Workplace pension scheme membership has increased to 68% in 2016, from 64% in 2015, driven by increases in membership of occupational defined contribution schemes.
In 2016, 88% of employees in the public sector had a workplace pension compared with 60% of private sector employees; this gap has been narrowing since the introduction of automatic enrolment in 2012.
In the private sector, employers with fewer than 100 employees saw the largest increase in workplace pension membership, from 25% in 2015 to 35% in 2016; this increase is consistent with employers’ automatic enrolment staging dates.
Estimates of the proportion of employees in each pension type and contracted out status by Standard Industrial Classification (including public/private sector breakdown) and by gross weekly earnings bands.
Estimates of the proportion of employees in employee’s contribution bands by Standard Industrial Classification (including public/private sector breakdown) and by contracted out status and pension type.
The latest information on membership and contributions, by contracted out status, is presented for private sector defined benefit occupational schemes. The story focuses on 2013, but also provides active membership details for 2008 to 2013 inclusive.