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Update on auto enrolment increases

07 March 2018

The initial auto enrolment minimum rate was 2%, with a minimum of 1% to be paid by the employer. With effect from 6 April 2018, the total contribution will increase to 5% of qualifying earnings with a minimum of 2% to be paid by the employer. In April 2019 there will be another increase to 8% of qualifying earnings, with a minimum of 3% to be paid by the employer.

These contributions apply to earnings between £113 and £866 per week. 

ECA members are advised to inform their employees, in good time and in writing, of any increase they intend to make to the employees’ contributions in order to meet the new minimum contribution requirements.



Employer minimum contribution

Total minimum contribution

Before April 5 2018



April 6 2018 – April 5 2019



April 6 2019 onwards




To find out more about these increases, the new national minimum wage and other wage rates - visit the wage rates section of the site.

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