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Workplace pension re-enrolment

(15 February 2019)

Eligible members of staff will be re-enrolled into our Workplace Pension from February 2019. The University is required, every three years, to automatically re-enrol staff into a Workplace Pension Scheme, who meet the following criteria:

  • are not already in a qualifying pension scheme (DUPS)
  • are aged 22 or over
  • are under the state pension age
  • earn more than £10,000 per year (£833.33 per month)
  • work, or usually work, in the UK

Members of staff pay money into the scheme directly from their salary via payroll. Durham University will also pay a monthly contribution and the Government may contribute via tax relief. If you have any questions about the forthcoming re-enrolment and how it may affect you, please visit GOV.UK website , our own webpages. Alternatively please email or

The contributions rates are outlined below for reference.


Employee Rate at February 2019

Employee Rate at April 2019

Employer Rate at February 2019

Employer Rate at April 2019











In February 2019, members of staff who are not already in DUPS (our qualifying pension scheme) will automatically be re-enrolled into AVIVA, our Workplace Pension scheme with a deduction being made from their February salary.

Following re-enrolment members of staff can choose to opt out from AVIVA if they wish to do so.

Employees with contracted hours (not casual) can elect to join DUPS at any point, and if you wish to do so in advance of re-enrolment contact one of the team listed below.


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