UK - Active membership in private sector defined benefit schemes declined by 200,000 to 2.4 million in 2009 but remained constant in the public sector, official statistics show.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed nearly 30m people are members of an occupational pension scheme.
Figures show 27.7m people are members of occupational pension scheme - with an estimated 15m in private sector schemes and 12.7m in public sector schemes.
But the official statistics body estimated active DB membership in the private sector fell from 2.6 million in 2008 to 2.4 million in 2009.
However, active public sector DB membership remained stable at 5.4 million.
The figures released in today's Occupational Pension Schemes Annual Report are taken from detailed analysis of a survey on occupational schemes conducted last year.
The survey sampled of 1,349 private sector schemes and 236 public sector schemes
The ONS said the fall in active DB membership reflected the trend of private sector employers moving members to DC schemes and the general decline in the number of open DB schemes.
The report also found private sector DB schemes continued to have higher contribution rates than DC schemes.
For open DB schemes, the average total contribution rate rose from 19.7% in 2008 to 20.3% in 2009. The contribution rate for closed schemes rose from 22.9% to 23.1% over the same period.
For open DC schemes, the contribution rate rose from 9% to 9.3%. For closed schemes the contribution rate fell from 10.4% to 8.8%.
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