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What are the auto enrolment earnings thresholds?

The DWP announce the auto enrolment thresholds on the 6th April each year. Below are the auto enrolment threshold figures for the current tax year and previous tax years.

  • Auto enrolment thresholds for 2017 -2018

    2017 – 2018 Annual 1 week Fortnight 4 weeks 1 month 1 quarter Bi-annual
    Lower level of qualifying earnings £5,876 £113 £226 £452 £490 £1,469 £2,938
    Earnings trigger for auto enrolment £10,000 £192 £384 £768 £833 £2,499 £4,998
    Upper level of qualifying earnings £45,000 £866 £1,731 £3,462 £3,750 £11,250 £22,500


    Auto enrolment earnings thresholds for the current tax year.
    For thresholds for previous years please see below

  • Auto enrolment thresholds for 2016 -2017

    2016 – 2017 Annual 1 week Fortnight 4 weeks 1 month 1 quarter Bi-annual
    Lower level of qualifying earnings £5,824 £112 £224 £448 £486 £1,456 £2,912
    Earnings trigger for auto enrolment £10,000 £192 £384 £768 £833 £2,499 £4,998
    Upper level of qualifying earnings £43,000 £827 £1,654 £3,308 £3,583 £10,750 £21,500
  • Auto enrolment thresholds for 2015 – 2016

    2015 – 2016 Annual 1 week Fortnight 4 weeks 1 month 1 quarter Bi-annual
    Lower level of qualifying earnings £5,824 £112 £224 £448 £486 £1,456 £2,912
    Earnings trigger for auto enrolment £10,000 £192 £384 £768 £833 £2,499 £4,998
    Upper level of qualifying earnings £42,385 £815 £1,631 £3,261 £3,532 £10,597 £21,193
  • Auto enrolment thresholds for 2014 – 2015

    2014 – 2015 Annual 1 week Fortnight 4 weeks 1 month 1 quarter Bi-annual
    Lower level of qualifying earnings £5,772 £111 £222 £444 £481 £1,443 £2,886
    Earnings trigger for auto enrolment £10,000 £192 £384 £768 £833 £2,499 £4,998
    Upper level of qualifying earnings £41,865 £805 £1,611 £3,221 £3,489 £10,467 £20,933
  • Auto enrolment thresholds for 2013 – 2014

     2013 – 2014 Annual 1 week Fortnight 4 weeks 1 month 1 quarter Bi-annual
    Lower level of qualifying earnings £5,668 £109 £218 £436 £473 £1,417 £2,834
    Earnings trigger for auto enrolment £9,440 £182 £364 £727 £787 £2,360 £4,720
    Upper level of qualifying earnings £41,450 £797 £1,594 £3,188 £3,454 £10,363 £20,725
  • Auto enrolment thresholds for 2012 – 2013

    2012 – 2013 Annual 1 week Fortnight 4 weeks 1 month 1 quarter Bi-annual
    Lower level of qualifying earnings £5,564 £107 £214 £428 £464 £1,391 £2,782
    Earnings trigger for auto enrolment £8,105 £156 £312 £624 £676 £2,027 £4,053
    Upper level of qualifying earnings £42,475 £817 £1,634 £3,268 £3,540 £10,619 £21,238
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