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Pensions

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of those employed in the (a) public and (b) private sector were contributing to a pension plan in each of the last 10 years; (321491)

(2) how many and what proportion of (a) public and (b) private sector employees had no pension provision in each of the last 10 years.

The available information is set out in the following tables. These estimates relate to employee pension participation in employer-sponsored pension schemes and the data are presented at the employee jobs level rather than an individual level, as an individual may have more than one job and the pension provision may vary between jobs. In the circumstances, there may be some double counting both within and between sectors for those employees with more than one job.

(a) Number of public sector employee jobs by pension provision

Total with pension provision1 (thousand)

Percentage

Total without pension provision (thousand)

Percentage

1997

4,855

79

1,259

21

1998

4,954

79

1,306

21

1999

5,158

81

1,234

19

2000

5,230

82

1,179

18

2001

5,170

82

1,156

18

2002

5,216

81

1,220

19

2003

5,427

82

1,162

18

2004

5,257

84

970

16

2005

5,543

84

1,085

16

2006

5,556

84

1,040

16

2007

5,703

84

1,055

16

2008

5,755

84

1,063

16

2009

5,930

84

1,116

16

1 All employees including those whose pay was affected by absence.

Notes:

1. 1997 is the first year for which ASHE pension membership data are available.

2. Public sector includes central Government, local authorities, public corporations and nationalised industries.

3. Figures will include some employees who are members of a pension scheme but not making an employee contribution, for example through a salary sacrifice scheme.

4. Figures for number of jobs are for indicative purposes only and should not be considered an accurate estimate of employee job counts.

Source:

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), United Kingdom.

(b) Number of private sector employee jobs by pension provision

Total with pension provision1 (thousand)

Percentage

Total without pension provision (thousand)

Percentage

1997

7,854

46

9,128

54

1998

8,034

46

9,427

54

1999

8,220

46

9,592

54

2000

8,363

46

9,763

54

2001

8,530

46

9,911

54

2002

8,872

48

9,537

52

2003

8,637

47

9,734

53

2004

8,007

44

10,007

56

2005

7,861

42

10,694

58

2006

7,942

43

10,722

57

2007

7,845

41

11,291

59

2008

7,576

39

11,764

61

2009,

6,957

37

11,655

63

1 All employees including those whose pay was affected by absence.

Notes:

1. 1997 is the first year for which ASHE pension membership data are available.

2. Private sector includes employees from private companies, sole proprietors, partnerships, and non-profit institutions serving households.

3. Figures will include some employees who are members of a pension scheme but not making an employee contribution, for example through a salary sacrifice scheme.

4. Figures for number of jobs are for indicative purposes only and should not be considered an accurate estimate of employee job counts.

Source:

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), United Kingdom.