What’s an entitled worker?


An entitled worker doesn’t need to be auto-enrolled.

They can ask to join an employer’s pension scheme but an employer doesn’t need to pay money into their pension pots unless they’d like to.

An entitled worker is:

– aged between 16 and 74 and
– has earnings less than the lower earnings threshold (currently £6,240 a year / £520 a month / £120 a week for the 2021/22 tax year).

If you’ve been described as an ‘entitled’ employee before, you may hear yourself now classed as  ‘type 2’ (‘non-eligible’ employees are also type 2, and ‘eligible’ employees are now known as ‘type 1’). It’s just one of the ways The Pensions Regulator is simplifying jargon to make it less complicated.

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