Help Centre for Payroll bureaux

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 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
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
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
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