Help Centre for Advisers

Are contributions taken before tax and NI?

Our process is defined by HMRC as a “net pay arrangement” and requires the company to take any contributions due from the employee from gross pay before tax. This means the employee’s taxable pay is lowered by the amount of their contribution, resulting in employees getting income tax relief at the highest rate that they pay.

Employer contributions are paid in addition and employees pay no tax on these contributions. National insurance is calculated on pay before pension contributions are taken so there is no impact to how much national insurance is paid unless the employer has chosen to use salary sacrifice.

I am excited to be joining such a distinguished Board of Trustees, over-seeing a modern, transparent, cost efficient and high-performing pension fund. — Win Robbins, former Head of European Fixed Income Barclays Global Investors
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
NOW: Pensions' risk management and diversified growth fund are state of the art. — Win Robbins, former Head of European Fixed Income Barclays Global Investors
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'm excited by the opportunity to help bring to the UK auto-enrolment market NOW: Pensions, a customer-friendly and responsive trust-based alternative to NEST and to contract-based offerings. — Chris Daykin, the former Government Actuary