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Auto enrolment staging/duties start dates

You don’t need to be an expert in auto enrolment, but understanding what decisions you need to make will certainly ease the process. The NOW: Pensions step-by-step guide to auto enrolment helps to break the whole thing down in to manageable pieces.

Your staging date for auto enrolment depends on the size of your largest PAYE scheme as at April 2012. To look up your staging date, you’ll need to know the size of your PAYE scheme and PAYE reference.

You can find your company’s auto enrolment staging date using our staging date calculator.

Any business that employed staff on or after 1st October 2017 has auto enrolment duties as soon as they employ someone for the first time. This is known as the “duties start date”. These businesses do not have staging dates.

Not all businesses will necessarily have eligible employees but all employers will have auto enrolment duties. You can find out what your duties are by visiting: www.tpr.gov.uk/onlinetool

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