Auto Enrolment Earning Threshold Limits for 2015/16


Following a consultation process, it was determined by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that the auto enrolment earning threshold limits for 2015/16 are as follows:

  • Lower Qualifying Earning Limit (LQL) £5,824
  • Upper Qualifying Earning Limit (UQL) £42,385
  • Earnings Trigger: £10,000

Unsurprisingly, the LQL and UQL have remained in line with the National Insurance Lower Earnings Limit and Upper Earnings Limit. This reduces the administrative complexity and makes it simple for employers and employees to understand.

As part of the review, there were some calls to remove the LQL and UQL altogether. While this would obviously make the scheme simpler both to understand and administer, and would increase the contributions made by everyone, especially lower income workers, it was felt the increased financial burden on employers was unacceptable.


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Simon Harvey

Simon has been Managing Director of Benchmark Software for nearly 20 years, after taking over from his father who founded the Company back in 1978. Benchmark has been writing payroll software for over 25 years and as auto enrolment is centred around employee earnings and deductions, payroll is the perfect place to manage the auto enrolment process. Benchmark’s latest payroll package lets business owners run their entire auto enrolment process quickly and simply from one program. Simon can be contacted by emailing or visit

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