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Earnings thresholds for the current tax year

Pay reference period
2017 - 2018 Annual 1 week Fortnight 4 weeks 1 month 1 quarter Bi-annual
Lower level of qualifying earnings £5,876 £113 £226 £452 £490 £1,469 £2,938
Earnings trigger for automatic enrolment £10,000 £192 £384 £768 £833 £2,499 £4,998
Upper level of qualifying earnings £45,000 £866 £1,731 £3,462 £3,750 £11,250 £22,500

Expected earnings thresholds for 2018 - 2019

The DWP has announced the proposed annual earnings thresholds for the 2018 - 2019 tax year. See the table below for details:

Annual earnings thresholds
2018 - 2019 Proposed annual threshold
Lower level of qualifying earnings £6,032
Earnings trigger for automatic enrolment £10,000
Upper level of qualifying earnings £46,350

We expect that the thresholds for the individual pay frequencies will be as shown below in an Order (a form of regulations) that is laid before Parliament. However, you should note that the actual proposed values will be included in the Order by the DWP in early 2018. These proposals will then be subject to the Parliamentary process and so may change. We will update this page when the Order is laid before Parliament and again with the actual values when the Parliamentary process has been completed.

Expected values by pay reference period
2018 - 2019 Annual 1 week Fortnight 4 weeks 1 month 1 quarter Bi-annual
Lower level of qualifying earnings £6,032 £116 £232 £464 £503 £1,508 £3,016
Earnings trigger for automatic enrolment £10,000 £192 £384 £768 £833 £2,499 £4,998
Upper level of qualifying earnings £46,350 £892 £1,783 £3,566 £3,863 £11,588 £23,175

Earnings thresholds for previous tax years

Pay reference period
2016 - 2017 Annual 1 week Fortnight 4 weeks 1 month 1 quarter Bi-annual
Lower level of qualifying earnings £5,824 £112 £224 £448 £486 £1,456 £2,912
Earnings trigger for automatic enrolment £10,000 £192 £384 £768 £833 £2,499 £4,998
Upper level of qualifying earnings £43,000 £827 £1,654 £3,308 £3,583 £10,750 £21,500

Pay reference period
2015 - 2016 Annual 1 week Fortnight 4 weeks 1 month 1 quarter Bi-annual
Lower level of qualifying earnings £5,824 £112 £224 £448 £486 £1,456 £2,912
Earnings trigger for automatic enrolment £10,000 £192 £384 £768 £833 £2,499 £4,998
Upper level of qualifying earnings £42,385 £815 £1,631 £3,261 £3,532 £10,597 £21,193

Pay reference period
2014 - 2015 Annual 1 week Fortnight 4 weeks 1 month 1 quarter Bi-annual
Lower level of qualifying earnings £5,772 £111 £222 £444 £481 £1,443 £2,886
Earnings trigger for automatic enrolment £10,000 £192 £384 £768 £833 £2,499 £4,998
Upper level of qualifying earnings £41,865 £805 £1,611 £3,221 £3,489 £10,467 £20,933

Pay reference period
2013 - 2014 Annual 1 week Fortnight 4 weeks 1 month 1 quarter Bi-annual
Lower level of qualifying earnings £5,668 £109 £218 £436 £473 £1,417 £2,834
Earnings trigger for automatic enrolment £9,440 £182 £364 £727 £787 £2,360 £4,720
Upper level of qualifying earnings £41,450 £797 £1,594 £3,188 £3,454 £10,363 £20,725

Pay reference period
2012 - 2013 Annual 1 week Fortnight 4 weeks 1 month 1 quarter 4 monthly Bi-annual
Lower level of qualifying earnings £5,564 £107 £214 £428 £464 £1,391 £1,855 £2,782
Earnings trigger for automatic enrolment £8,105 £156 £312 £624 £676 £2,027 £2,702 £4,053
Upper level of qualifying earnings £42,475 £817 £1,634 £3,268 £3,540 £10,619 £14,159 £21,238
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