This article will only be of professional interest to some workers and some employers, I admit.  There is loads of legislation involved, going back years and years.  However, this article will give the flavour of what is, essentially, a very simple change / no change.

The Current Position

Both the Pensions Act 2008 and the Pensions (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 excluded seafarers and offshore workers from automatic enrolment.  However, subsequent legislation extended the scope of the duties to include seafarers and offshore workers where they are working, or ordinarily working, in the United Kingdom.  This was known as a ‘sunset clause’, due to expire on 01 July 2020.

The end of the sunset meant the end of the employer’s obligations to automatically enrol workers in the maritime industries.

2020 Regulations

The Automatic Enrolment (Offshore Employment) (Amendment) Order 2020 and Explanatory Memorandum remove the expiry date.

Employer Action?

There is no action required!

Seafarers / offshore workers / person in offshore employment were due to be excluded from auto-enrolment duties.  Effectively, they would not have had to be treated as workers and would have ‘fallen out’ of auto-enrolment.

However, that is not happening and it is business as usual.

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