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Pensions Act 2008

Section 13: Qualifying earnings

50.This section defines qualifying earnings. Subsection (1) defines them by reference to an earnings band, with lower and upper limits of £5,035 and £33,540 per annum (see section 14 for duties to review and if necessary amend these limits), on which pensions contributions will be calculated for money purchase schemes. Earning qualifying earnings (i.e. above £5,035) is a criterion of being a jobholder and so is a factor in determining whether a worker is to be automatically enrolled. Subsection (2) deals with cases where qualifying earnings are to be calculated otherwise than on an annual basis.

51.The section then defines “earnings” as sums comprising: wages/salary, commissions, bonuses, overtime and certain statutory benefits. The section enables the Secretary of State to set out (in regulations) other sums that can be considered as part of “earnings”.

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