Help Centre for Advisers

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.

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
I firmly believe in NOW: Pensions' principle that everyone deserves the right to a better retirement. I look forward to being part of the team which aims to achieve this in the UK. — Win Robbins, former Head of European Fixed Income Barclays Global Investors
“Redington’s Investment Committee assigned an Approved Rating to the NPI DGF and positive on the fund.” — Redington
NOW: Pensions is supportive, easy for our employees to understand and uncomplicated in terms of its implementation. Its structured approach removes the complicated investment choices & makes auto-enrolment a straightforward and simple process. — Mark Manaton, Managing Director, Blue Arrow Group