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Percentage of UK businesses complying with automatic enrolment

FOI reference - FOI 2017-07-11
Date - 11/07/2017

Request

You have requested the following information:

  1. What percentage of UK businesses employing 1 to 30 have complied (completed a declaration of compliance form) with automatic enrolment (AE) to date? How many businesses does this equate to?
  2. How many businesses employing 1 to 30 have been fined for non-compliance?
  3. What is the average value of fines issued so far to businesses employing 1 to 30?
  4. How many businesses employing 1 to 30 have started the process but are yet to complete a declaration of compliance?
  5. What percentage of businesses employing up to 250 complied (completed a declaration of compliance form) with AE to date? How many businesses does this equate to?
  6. How many businesses of employing up to 250 have been fined for non-compliance?
  7. What is the average value of fines issued so far to businesses employing up to 250?
  8. How many businesses employing up to 250 have started the process but are yet to complete a declaration of compliance?

I would like to receive electronic copies of any data you have on compliance with AE regulations by businesses of all sizes.

On 13 June 2017 you provided the following clarification of your request:

To clarify, yes, would like the same information as requested in the four stated questions for 1. 1 to 30 employees who are eligible for AE, 2. 31 to 250 employees who are eligible for AE, and 3. 251-plus employees who are eligible for AE.

Response

Information we are able to supply
I can confirm that we hold some of the information you have requested.

1. Number of businesses that have completed a declaration of compliance up to 31 May 2017

Size band Total Percentages
1 to 30
502,732
84%
31 to 250 
66,114
11%
Over 250
10,004
2%
Zero or not known
19,885
3%

Notes to 1

The numbers above represent declarations of compliance up to 31 May 2017.

The percentage provided reflects the total number of declarations of compliance, not the total number of businesses.

2. Number of businesses fined for non-compliance to the end of March 2017

Size band Total fines
1 to 30
9,089
31 to 250
1,143
Over 250
61
Zero or not known
5,925

Notes to 2

The size banding above is referenced if the employer completes a declaration of compliance otherwise it is grouped under 'zero or not known'.

The above values are only related to the most recent edition of the quarterly compliance bulletin (as of March 2017).

The numbers above are at a penalty level; therefore some penalties are for the same employer. The figures above are only related to AE specific fines.

3. Average value of fines issued to the end of March 2017

Size band Total average
1 to 30
£540
31 to 250
£990
Over 250
£1,390
Zero or not known
£500

Notes to 3

The size banding above is referenced if the employer completes a declaration of compliance otherwise it is grouped under 'zero or not known'.

The above values only refer to fines (fines include Fixed Penalty Notices and Escalating Penalty Notices) issued up to the end of March 2017, however the accumulation of any EPNs on those that are issued are up to April 2017.

The average penalty value includes values for penalties that have not yet been paid and for whom the breach has not been resolved.

Therefore going forward, a proportion of such penalties may be changed or revoked, therefore these values are subject to change.

4. Number of businesses that have started the process but have yet to complete a declaration of compliance

We do not record this information.