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Release: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings Pension Tables, 2012 Provisional Results

Released: 22 February 2013


Mark Williams

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456120

Categories: Labour Market, People in Work, Earnings, Occupational and personal pensions

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Other

  • In 2012, membership of workplace pension schemes dropped to 46%, its lowest level since 1997.

  • 83% of public sector employees and 32% of private sector employees had a workplace pension scheme in 2012.

  • The proportion of employees with defined benefit occupational pensions continued to fall. In 2012, 28% of employees had this type of pension, compared with 46% in 1997.
  • A higher proportion of employees in the public sector contributed 7% or more of their pensionable earnings, compared to 2011. In 2012, this accounted for 37% of employees, compared to just 11% in 2011.

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) provides information for UK employees on the type of pension arrangements within the company. From 2005 information on employee and employer pension contribution rates is also available. ASHE is based on a one per cent sample of employee jobs taken from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) PAYE records. Information on pensions is obtained from employers and treated confidentially. ASHE does not cover the self-employed nor does it cover employees not paid during the reference period.

The ASHE pension tables contain breakdowns by age, by industry including public/private sector breakdown, by occupation and by size of company. The tables cover UK employees by gender but additional information for full-time and part-time employees is available on request.

Further information is available from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings Guidance and Methodology section

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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