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Pension rate changes – April 2019

The minimum contributions the employer and your staff pay into your automatic enrolment workplace pension scheme will increase from 6 April 2019.

Employer minimum
New rate:
6 April 2019 onwards
3% 5% 8%
Old rate:
6 April 2018 to 5 April 2019
2% 3% 5%

By law a total minimum amount of contributions must be paid into the scheme. The employer, must make at least the minimum employer contribution towards this amount and your staff member must make up the difference. If the employer decides to cover the total minimum contribution required, your staff won’t need to pay anything.

Further information is available from your pension provider and from The Pensions Regulator:

Pension Regulator prosecutes recruitment agency

The Pensions Regulator has prosecuted a Derby based business, the Directors and senior staff for offences under the Computer Misuse Act. The seven individuals all worked together to opt workers out of the NEST pension scheme, thus depriving workers of the recruitment agency of pension scheme membership.

Derby Crown Court, Judge Nirmal Shant QC told the defendants their “co-ordinated effort” had been an “attempt to steal a march” on their competitors and that “This amounted to a deliberate subversion of the automatic enrolment process. It was a deliberate attack on the integrity of the electronic systems of NEST.”

Such was the severity of the offences, that the company was fined £200,000 plus nearly £61,000 in costs. In addition, individuals were sentenced to prison sentences (suspended), community service, overnight curfews and costs.


Further information avaialable here.