Help Centre for Employers

What is an opt out period?

Membership of the scheme is not compulsory. Members of staff who are enrolled into the employer’s workplace pension scheme do not have to remain in the scheme or continue paying contributions. Every jobholder has one calendar month after being enrolled, when they can choose to opt out. If they opt out within this time frame, either online or by correctly completing and returning our opt out form, any contributions deducted will be returned to the employee and it is the employer’s responsibility to do this as soon as possible.

If they are outside the opt out period, the contributions will simply stop being taken. The contributions already invested will remain until such time as benefits are taken or a transfer to an alternative approved pension scheme is made.

I am backing NOW: Pensions, the ATP project, because I believe it will encourage transparency, low costs and decent returns for millions of British employees. — Nigel Waterson, former Shadow Pensions Minister
Why do we insist on having a choice of fund manager when the evidence shows there is usually no benefit to be gained…and there is always a negative impact in terms of cost? — Anthony Hilton financial editor of the Evening Standard writing in Pensions World, June 2013
...its simple design means the pressure is taken off us as the employer and avoids costly administration charges, whilst removing the burden of choice and ensuring the best possible retirement outcome for our employees. — Matthew Johnson, Head of Compensation and Benefits at Adecco Group UK & Ireland
“We were impressed with the simplicity of its scheme. The ease of implementation was also a big plus for us and has removed much of the administrative headache.” — Neil Tune, HR director at Fitness First
ATP comes to the UK pensions world with the highest commendations from the Danish trade unions, employers and government. NOW: Pensions' offering in the UK will be high quality, low cost, and honest and I'm proud to be associated with it. — John Monks, member of House of Lords and former General Secretary of ETUC and TUC