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Calculating contributions for automatic enrolment

Under automatic enrolment you must put certain staff into a workplace pension, and pay into it.

By law, there is a minimum amount that must be paid into the scheme.

Pension scheme

This is made up of a percentage of your staff’s earnings and a percentage paid by you, the employer.

You’ll need to consider your staff’s earnings, and include other payments, such as bonuses, commission and statutory pay.


Some pension schemes may also require a contribution rate above the legal minimum.

Each time you pay members of staff who have been put into a pension scheme, you’ll need to work out how much to contribute into it.

The right payroll software could help you with this, or we have tools on our website that you can use.

You also need to make sure you pay these contributions to the pension scheme on time.

If you’re unsure about when you need to pay, talk to your pension scheme provider.

To help you understand how to calculate contributions and the different types of pay to include, go to The Pensions Regulator website: