Estimates for the number of UK employees paying national insurance contributions (NICs) are given in the table.
|Estimated number of employees paying NICs|
These estimates are based on the national insurance recording system. I regret that information is not yet sufficiently complete for 2000–01 to provide a reliable estimate.
This series reflects the increasing number of people in work who earn more than the lower earnings limit.
For 2000–01 and 2001–02, there should be a reduction in the number of employees paying NICs as the starting point for paying NICs has been increased and aligned with the income tax personal allowance. The benefit entitlement of employees who no longer pay NICs because of this change has been protected.