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Employer pension contributions increase in April 2019

Article posted: 14th February 2019

Changes to pensions continue from 6 April 2019 with employers required to increase the amount of their contributions into employees’ automatic enrolment pension scheme to a 3% minimum. Employees contributions will also increase to a minimum 5%.

Both the employer and employee can choose to contribute greater amounts to the pension, with several employer organisations suggesting that employees should consider adding in extra contributions where they can afford it.

If the employer contributes more than their required minimum amount – but less than the 8% total amount – then the employee only needs to make up the shortfall.

Most employers use pension schemes that require a minimum 8% contribution. However, if you set up a scheme based on different elements of staff pay you should refer to the Pensions Regulator website at: www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/employers or contact your financial adviser.

Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK with at least one employee must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it.

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