National Insurance

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-European Economic Area employees sent to work in the United Kingdom temporarily by an overseas employer have been admitted to the United Kingdom in the last three years; why they do not pay national insurance contributions for the first 12 months; and how much is lost from (a) employee, and (b) employer, national insurance contributions per annum.

Photo of Lord Sassoon Lord Sassoon The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

Statistics of the numbers of non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals sent to work in the United Kingdom by an overseas employer are not available. Workers from countries outside the EEA, with which the UK has no bilateral agreements, may benefit from a 52 week exclusion from national insurance contributions by virtue of Regulation 145(2) or (3) of the Social Security (Contributions) Regulations 2001 provided they meet the statutory conditions. This exclusion is designed to keep temporary visiting workers, students and apprentices out of the UK social security scheme.

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