Help Centre for Employers

How far ahead should employers start preparing for their staging date?

Employers can sign up with us as far in advance of their staging date as they like. Their scheme will lie dormant (at no cost) prior to their staging date.

Planning ahead really shouldn’t be underestimated. Leaving auto enrolment to the last minute will inevitably result in increased administrative pressure and unnecessary stress. The simple truth is, the longer businesses allow themselves to implement the changes, the easier the process will be.

The Pensions Regulator recommends employers begin their planning 12 months in advance of their staging date, however no matter how far away or close an employer may be to their staging date we will help them get signed up as quickly and as easily as possible.

Find out your staging date from our staging date calculator

 

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