Qualifying earnings

Earnings between amounts that are set each tax year by the government that have an upper and lower level. Contributions aren’t calculated on anything under the lower level or above the upper level of qualifying earnings. It’s made up of the following pay components: salary, wages, commission, bonuses, overtime, statutory sick pay, statutory maternity pay, ordinary or additional statutory paternity pay and statutory adoption pay.

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  • However much of your qualifying earnings come between £6,240 and £50,270, that’s what the contributions you and your employer make will be calculated from. (Those are the figures for the tax year 2021/22 – they’re reviewed every year by the government.)
  • Say you earn £25,000.
    £25,000 minus £6,240 leaves £18,760.
    So your contributions will then be calculated from £18,760 – either at the minimum percentages set by the government, or your employer can set higher percentages if they want to.