National Insurance and State Pensions
Earners pay National Insurance contributions (NICs) on their earnings. Employers pay employer contributions for each employee and collect and forward their employees’ contributions.
Paying NI ensures your entitlement to certain benefits including contribution-based jobseeker’s allowance, contribution-based employment and support allowance and state pension; albeit most people will need to make additional private provisions. This briefing explains:
- Who pays what.
- An employer’s responsibilities.
- How to reduce the NICs you pay.
- How NICs affect an individual’s entitlements.