In 2020, nearly 8 out of 10 UK employees (78%) had a workplace pension, compared with less than 5 out of 10 in 2012 when Automatic Enrolment (AE) was introduced; however, 2020 was the first year to see unchanged levels of participation since the scheme was introduced.
Youngest employees outside the Automatic Enrolment age eligibility (aged 16 to 21 years) were far less likely to have a workplace pension (20%); participation was 80% for the next age band (aged 22 to 29 years).
In 2020 the gender gap in workplace pension participation was negligible, almost 8 out of 10 employees in both genders had a pension; however, full-time employees were 1.5 times more likely to have a pension than part-time employees.
Annual estimates of the proportion of UK employees in each pension type and contracted-out status (prior to 2016), by Standard Industrial Classification (including public and private sector breakdown) and gross weekly earnings bands.
Annual estimates of the proportion of UK employees in employee contribution bands, by Standard Industrial Classification (including public and private sector breakdown) and by contracted-out status (prior to 2016) and pension type.
Membership and contributions to workplace pension arrangements for UK employees by type, age, industry, public and private sector, occupation, and size of company. Compiled from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings.
The latest information on membership and contributions, by contracted out status, is presented for private sector defined benefit occupational schemes. The story focuses on 2013, but also provides active membership details for 2008 to 2013 inclusive.