What are qualifying schemes?

Not all pension schemes are suitable for auto-enrolment. The pension scheme you do use needs to meet certain qualifying criteria, which is why it’s referred to as a ‘qualifying pension scheme’.

If you’ve an existing pension scheme and you want to continue using it for auto-enrolment, you’ll need to check that it meets the qualifying criteria.


You can check if your existing scheme meets the auto-enrolment qualifying criteria at  The Pensions Regulator - Does your existing scheme qualify?.

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