- Latest results published 20th April 2022
- The proportion of employees in Northern Ireland who belonged to a workplace pension scheme in April 2021 remained unchanged over the year at 73%.
- Nine out of ten public sector employees (92%) and around two out of three (62%) private sector employees were members of a workplace pension scheme in 2021. This is an increase of 12 percentage points (pps) for public sector employees and 39pps for private sector employees since the introduction of automatic enrolment in 2012.
- Occupational Defined Benefit pension has been the most common form of workplace pension for the past ten years, and remained in and around 30% over that period. Occupational Defined Contribution has increased almost sixfold in the last ten years, from 4% to 23% making it the second most common pension for the last eight years.
- The proportion of females (74%) with workplace pensions was slightly higher than males (72%) in 2021. While the most common schemes for females was Occupational Defined Benefit schemes (41%), Occupational Defined Contribution pension schemes (26%) were the most common for men.
- Pension membership varies widely by industry, with almost all (97%) of those employed in ‘public administration and defence’ belonging to a pension scheme, while only around a third (33%) of those in ‘Accommodation and food service activities’ belonged to one.
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