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I am joining the company

Joining the Plan as part of the Company joining process
As part of joining the Company you will be entered into the BAE Systems DC Retirement Plan (‘the Plan’) if you meet the following criteria: 
  • you are not already in a workplace pension;
  • you earn over £10,000 a year (£833 a month);
  • you are aged 22 or over; and
  • you are under State Pension age
You do not need to take any action. You will receive a joining pack and further information direct from the Plan Administrator soon after joining. The booklet on this page provides you with details of the Plan benefits. You could also have a look at the DC Section for more information.

Automatic Enrolment 

The FAQ document on this page provides you with more information about Automatic Enrolment.  Please take time to read this carefully to understand your options and the processes and timings associated with automatic enrolment.
Opting In
If you do not meet the salary or age criteria set out above as part of the Company joining process, you can opt in and join the Plan by completing the ‘Opt In Application Form’ at any time.
Opting Out 
Whilst we hope you will become a member of the Plan, you will have the option not to join as part of the Company joining process. The Company still has to enrol you into the Plan if you meet the criteria set out above when you are assessed under automatic enrolment legislation. If you wish to opt out of the Plan once you are enrolled, you can do so by completing the ‘Automatic Enrolment Opt Out Application Form’ within a month of being notified that you have been automatically enrolled. If this completed form is not received within a month, you may still opt out of the Plan but a different process is followed (please refer to the Automatic Enrolment FAQ for more information).


If you decide to opt out of the Plan, you should be aware that it is a legal requirement that anyone who opts out or stops making payments will be automatically enrolled back into the Plan at a later date. This is because your circumstances may have changed and it may be the right time for you to start saving. We will contact you when this happens, and you can opt out if it is still not right for you. The next re-enrolment date will be in 2022.