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National Insurance Contributions

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 19 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the change in revenue for the Exchequer if employee and employer national insurance contributions were charged on aggregate income from all employments; and if he will make a statement. (269040)

I have been asked to reply.

Aggregating the earnings of people doing more than one job with separate employers would be administratively complex for employers. Information on the number of people with more than one employee job who would pay more national insurance contributions (NICs), and the average increase they would pay, under a cumulative annual basis of assessment for employee’s NICs is shown in “Income tax and national insurance alignment: an evidence-based assessment” published in October 2007. It is available at:

Estimates for employers NICs are not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1057W, on national insurance contributions, if he will estimate how many (a) men and (b) women over state pension age would be eligible to purchase up to six additional years of national insurance contributions if eligibility applied (i) only to those with 20 or more qualifying years, (ii) only to those with 15 or more qualifying years and (iii) only to those with 10 or more qualifying years. (272192)

[holding answer 30 April 2009]: The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.