Your employer might choose to base contributions on your ‘pensionable pay’, rather than qualifying earnings.
This is most likely to be the case where your employer provided a workplace pension scheme before the introduction of automatic enrolment.
Pensionable pay is defined by the rules of the pension scheme. Typically, pensionable pay is basic salary, not including elements of your earnings such as commission, bonuses and overtime.
Has your employer decided to use pensionable pay rather than qualifying earnings? Then they must meet one of three sets of alternative requirements for their pension scheme to qualify for use under automatic enrolment and to calculate the minimum total contributions that need to be made.
Your employer will confirm the level of contributions they will make and the level that is needed from you before you’re automatically enrolled.
The three sets are listed below.