Help Centre for Employers

What is opting out?

Eligible jobholders who have been automatically enrolled or non-eligible jobholders who have opted in to a pension scheme have the right to opt out of the pension scheme at any time. Entitled workers who ask to join a scheme do not have opt out rights.

We urge any employee considering opting out to think through their decision and/or consider alternative retirement savings arrangements. By opting out an employee will not benefit from the additional savings and adjoining tax benefits.

The employees guide to auto enrolment provides a great overview of the benefits of being a member of the NOW: Pensions scheme.

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
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
There is a need for a member-centric solution designed for ease of use with low costs and cutting edge investment strategy, which delivers long term stable returns. ATP's in-house investment capabilities, combined with our novel and innovative… — Lars Rohde, Governor of the National Bank of Denmark and Former CEO of ATP Group
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
I've known ATP for many years and have enormous respect for the effectiveness of their investment strategy. I'm convinced that NOW: Pensions can become a major player in the UK and look forward to being a part of that success. — Chris Daykin, the former Government Actuary