Increasing contributions above the minimum level for auto-enrolment is not a priority at present, pensions minster Steve Webb has said.
Instead, Webb said the government was focusing on the roll out of auto-enrolment.
At present minimum auto-enrolment contributions at set at 8% of qualifying earnings. This is made up of a combination of employer, employee and government tax relief.
Responding to a written question from MP Jonathan Evans, Webb said: "We have been clear in public information that 8% is a minimum amount and we are keen for people to save more if they can.
"However, our priority is the successful roll out of automatic enrolment and it is important to encourage people to start saving before suggesting that they save more. That is why minimum contributions are being phased in over six years to help both employers and individuals adjust gradually to the additional costs of saving."
He added: "Phasing is not compulsory, and employers and individuals may contribute more than the minimum requirement at any time."
Webb did confirm that mechanisms such as escalation schemes were being considered to help people increase their contributions.
"In addition, as set out in our recent reinvigoration strategy, we will be exploring mechanisms to increase savings, such as the 'Automatic Escalation' schemes which have been successful in the US-these encourage people to commit to increasing their contributions at a future date, often in line with wage increases," he said.
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